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As most of you know, I have quite the crew at my house. Having three boys running (and wrestling) around the house can create a big ole mess. I’m going to be honest, as moms, we get wrapped up in trying to do it all. If we can’t do ALL the things- the laundry, the dishes, cook home cooked meals, keep the play room in order, cart kids here and there and to the end of the earth, then we feel like we failed. We let the negative self talk take over and we convince ourselves that maybe we aren’t cut out for this? Maybe we aren’t super mom? Hey friend, I got a secret for ya. None of us really are super mom. Not a single one of us moms really do ALL the things, ALL by ourselves. We all get by with a little help from our friends, our family, and hey… here’s a new one… our kiddos! That’s right, I’m diving into chores today!
For years now, I have had babies. That sounds funny when I say it like that but it’s true. I would look at my boys and they were just babies. Recently I looked over at them, in a moment that they were actually tame. I didn’t see babies. I realized I had mini men! I’m raising men. One day, they will be grown, they will have homes of their own, wives of their own, children even! And the men they become, depends on me and the values I teach within these walls.
When the word chores comes up, it’s easy to shrug it off and tell yourself there are far more important things to focus on. But the truth is, teaching children responsibility, cleanliness, and order is super important. And chores are an easy learning tool. I’ve done some homework for ya. I’ve rounded up a list of chores that are age appropriate for toddlers and young children. I’ve also created some super adorable chore charts that are FREE below! I’ve learned that best practices for these chore charts is to print them out, get them laminated, and use a dry erase marker on them so you can re-use them!
Okay, let’s dive into these. And remember, you can make things fun. Cleaning up after yourself doesn’t always have to be a drag. Create a game out of things, make it a contest, or come up with a reward for completing all their tasks each day!
CHORES FOR 2-3 YEAR OLD
Pick up toys
Put dirty clothes in the laundry basket
Help fold towels
Shoe round up in the evenings (gathering all the shoes and putting them in closet or designated area)
Brush teeth and hair
Take their own dishes to the sink after meals
CHORES FOR 4-6 YEAR OLD
Make the bed
Set the table
Pack snacks for lunches
Help pick out their own outfits for the week (we like to do this on Sunday to prep for the week)
Put clothes away
Check the mail
Bring laundry basket to laundry room
Help pick out meals for the week
Walk the dog
Practice writing letters, name, and numbers
Sort and organize toys
CHORES FOR 7-9 YEAR OLD
Shower on their own
Set alarm and wake up on their own
Pack school lunch for the following day
Help cook and prep meals for the family
Load and unload dishwasher
Initiates homework on their own
Pack book-bag for the following day
Wipe down counter tops (kitchen and bathroom)
Change trash bag and take the bag to outside can
Bring trash to the street the evening before trash day
Load washing mashing