Age Appropriate Chores
By doing age appropriate chores, youngsters gain confidence, self-respect, and a sense of belonging. As a good parent, you need to set responsibilities for your children. When you respect a child by expecting him or her to do helpful jobs independently, it builds self-esteem. Find a list of age appropriate chores for first through third graders at the end of this article.
Make sure that throughout this process of assigning chores, you maintain a positive, and matter-of-fact manner. Make sure that you consistently model a good attitude about the work you do around the house. Your teaching each chore well, and with a positive outlook, is an investment in a harmonious future family life.
Teach it Patiently
Teach your child to do each chore. Do not assume that he or she knows, or should know how to do something, no matter how obvious. Do not make the mistake of thinking that you can just tell your child to do a chore, and he should be able to do it. Plan time to teach your child how to do his job. Expect to re-teach the chore more than once.
First, show him how to do it several times, and model your thinking out loud, so the kid knows why you’re doing it a certain way. Then, do it together. Last, the child should do the chore. Have patience with your child. Make sure that it is very clear how to do the chore. Make sure there is a clear time range in which the chore needs to be done.
No Perfection Zone
Do not expect perfection. Expect that your 6-8 year old will take longer to do a chore, and will probably not do it as well as you. Remind yourself that it’s more important that your child take responsibility and pride in his work than it is to have a perfectly dusted living room every time.
Do Not Take Over
Be sure to let your child do his own age appropriate chores. Do not hover while he or she works. Let him do it himself to show that you trust him, and you know he can do it. If you feel a chore needs to be re-taught, then go ahead and repeat the sequence of you doing it, then doing it together with your child, and then letting him do it independently. However, do not do the chore for your child. Do not take over. If you do that, you are robbing your son or daughter of becoming a responsible human being.
Age Appropriate Chores for 6-8 Year Olds
• Feed pets
• Pick up toys
• Set the table
• Pick up clothes
• Dust (Nothing fragile)
• Fold some laundry (The easy stuff)
• Put away clean laundry in drawers
1. Assign just a few chores. Kids ages 6-8 have short attention spans. Their chores should take 15 minutes or less to complete.
2. Some children may have organic reasons that will make it tougher to complete chores. If your child has ADHD, a developmental delay, or if there is some other reason that makes chores tougher, modify the chore to make it easier. You should still expect your child to do jobs that he or she is capable of doing.
3. Each year, as your child is older, assign a few more chores, and/or increase the complexity of the job.
4. Make sure that age appropriate chores are a matter-of-fact, positive experience!