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Chores!....Raise "Mommy's Little Helper" with these age-appropriate tasks

 
 
 
 
 
 
Chores, Chores, Chores! Did you like them as a kid?
I hated chores as a kid. Mainly because my parents didn't ask me to take out my very first garbage bag until I was 10 years old! By that time, I knew labor wasn't cheap and I demanded to get paid 50 cents for each trash bag. I was 14, when my step-dad showed me how to do my own laundry; seperate the colors from the white, turn the knob to indicate warm water cycle, pour the detergent, click 'Start'. Simple. However, by that time, I knew every excuse in the book I can use to get out of doing every chore assigned. My mother always thought it would be faster if she prepared dinner without getting me involved to help. As I got older, nothing has changed.  Just look where it got me - I am daily browsing the posts of Russian Parents group in intense search of a cleaning lady; Laundry? I overpay to have someone else throw in the quarters. Cooking? I hope my real estate agent doesn't read this post because I am never moving to Long Island. Why? because my mother lives on the same floor as me. 
 
So, what am I trying to say here? Give your kids chores!
 
Giving children household chores at an early age helps to build a lasting sense of accomplishment, responsibility, and self-reliance. This is all according to research by Marty Rossmann, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota. She found that young adults who began chores at ages 3 and 4 were more likely to have good relationships with family and friends , to achieve academic and early career success and to be self-sufficient, as compared to people like me, who didn't have chores or who started them as teens.
 
Here are some age-appropriate chores to get your kids involved in -
 
Ages 2-3

  • Put away toys in toy box
  • Stack books on shelf
  • Place dirty clothes in laundry hamper
  • Throw away diaper
  • Fold mini-towels like washcloths
  • Help set the table
  • Wipe the table
  • Dust

 
Ages 4-5

  • Feed pets (if any of them are still alive after that playdate)
  • Wipe up spills
  • Put away toys (Does everyone know the 'clean-up" song by heart now?)
  • Make the bed
  • Water houseplants
  • Sort flatware
  • Prepare simple snacks
  • Pour cereal and milk
  • Use hand-help vacuum (do people still use these? my kids do a great job using our pet cat as a mop)
  • Clear kitchen table
  • Dry and put away dishes
  • Disinfect doorknobs (after second kid, this doesn't apply)

 
Ages 6-7

  • Gather trash (you see where my parents went wrong?)
  • Fold towels
  • Dust mop floors
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Match clean socks
  • Rake leaves
  • Peel potatos or carrots
  • Make salad
  • Replace toilet paper roll

 
Ages 8-9

  • Load dishwasher
  • Change light bulbs
  • Wash laundry
  • Hang/fold clean clothes
  • Dust furniture
  • Put groceries away
  • Scramble eggs
  • Bake cookies
  • Walk dogs
  • Sweep the floor
  • Wipe off table

 
Ages 10-11

  • Clean bathrooms
  • Vacuum rugs
  • Clean countertops
  • Prepare simple meal
  • Bring in mail

 
Ages 12 and up

  • Mop floors
  • Wash/Vacuum car
  • Paint walls
  • Shop for groceries with a list
  • Cook complete dinner (don't rush, be patient and teach your children how to cook; it's vital to their survival.)
  • Bake bread or cake
  • Do simple home repairs (don't let the saying "руки выросли из задницы" be their excuse)
  • Wash windows
  • Iron clothes
  • Watch younger siblings