Thursday, May 23, 2013

Children,chores and responsibility!

This week’s blog is about children , chores and responsibility. We found an incredible article (thanks to Dr. Kelly Kirtland who is a pediatric dentist in Illinois) from Focus on The Family- “age Appropriate Chores”. This article has so many great things to think about! We often wonder sometimes as parent’s when our children are “mature” enough to do chores or just help out around the house. Well according to this article you can start the child “helping” at a very young age. This chart below is from the article- just look at how much even small children can be “trained” to do.

Ages 2 and 3

Personal chores

  • Assist in making their beds
  • Pick up playthings with your supervision
Family chores
  • Take their dirty laundry to the laundry basket
  • Fill a pet's water and food bowls (with supervision)
  • Help a parent clean up spills and dirt
  • Dust

Ages 4 and 5

Note: This age can be trained to use a family chore chart.
Personal chores
  • Get dressed with minimal parental help
  • Make their bed with minimal parental help
  • Bring their things from the car to the house
Family chores
  • Set the table with supervision
  • Clear the table with supervision
  • Help a parent prepare food
  • Help a parent carry in the lighter groceries
  • Match socks in the laundry
  • Answer the phone with parental assistance
  • Be responsible for a pet's food and water bowl
  • Hang up towels in the bathroom
  • Clean floors with a dry mop

The end result from all of our hard work as parents is well behaved children that can be somewhat self- sufficient and very helpful to adults.

1 comment:

  1. The information that you provided was thorough and helpful. I will have to share your article with others
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