It’s wise to start teaching children to help around the house with assigned chores when they’re young. It doesn’t need to be perceived as a punishment, taking care of the home you live in is a blessing! Think about it, you have a home. Show your children that cleaning is taking pride in your surroundings and yourself. (I’m still working on having my teenager understand this *ahem* Oh boy! ). Below you’ll find a chart to help guide you to Age Appropriate Chores For Kids. Print it out and post it in your home!
Of course, a child’s age doesn’t really define what chores are appropriate, but it can give a starting guideline. The physical, developmental, and emotional age of a child all make a difference. So be prepared to adapt the list.
Make it fun and don’t expect perfection.
After all, you want to encourage chore activities, not make your child(ren) frustrated or resentful. The more kids accept doing chores when young, the better the chance they will cooperate when older.
You can find more helpful guidelines and printable charts at Association for Comprehensive Neurotherapathy – ACN Latitudes: http://latitudes.org/ .
(*Disclosure: This information/infographic was shared with permission from Latitudes.org. They provide these printables as a free resource in an effort to help parents motivate their kids, improve self-esteem, and to help raise awareness to their nonprofit’s cause.)