How To Get Your Kids To Help: With A Free Kids Chore Chart
Are your kids kicking up a stink when you ask them to help out around the house? Are you struggling to find age-appropriate chores for your family to help with? Are you sick of looking at your older kids untidy room? Do you wish you had a system that actually worked? Well, look no further than our amazing free kids chore chart for kids of all ages and abilities!
From a very young age, kids love to help out, and I’m going to show you how to tap into their eagerness to learn and get your toddlers, tweens and teens to be self-reliant. I’ll give you strategies to help you create your own kid’s chore charts. I’ve made these beautiful age-appropriate responsibility charts, for kids of all ages, and they’re waiting for you to download for free from our impressive printable resources library!
From toddlers to teenagers, it can be a struggle for parents to get their kids to help out. I’m going to give you some strategies to get your kids to create great habits one simple step at a time.
How to teach your kids to do chores.
- Talk your kids through one chore.
go through one job from the list, carefully and patiently show them how to do the task together, you’ll find your kids enjoy spending one on one time with you, particularly if you chat while you are doing the chore. Kids love learning new stuff.
- Give your kids one job at a time
make it their responsibility and let them take pride in doing it well. Give them plenty of praise each time they do it; this is great for their self-esteem.
- Add one job at a time
Only add another job to the chore chart when they are confident with the first chore, that way they don’t get overwhelmed, they will learn each skill correctly, this will build self-confidence and self-esteem and is great for morale.
- Kids love messy jobs
Buttons, bubbles, water and measuring, so washing up, putting the laundry in the machine or drier and measuring laundry powder or weighing ingredients are perfect jobs for little ones of all ages.
- Get your kids to make breakfast
Breakfast is an easy meal to help with when they’re old enough. Kids love the responsibility of buttering and spreading jam on bread or toast and sploshing milk into cereal. This is a great way to start their interest in cooking and helping with mealtimes
- Let them set the table
Setting the table helps them to feel part of the mealtime preparation and makes them feel part of a team.
- Teach them to tidy up
Get your kids to tidy up as they go along if they were able to get the toys out, they are equally able to put them away again; this instils a sense of responsibility for their belongings and their environment.
- Get them to help with the laundry
Give your kids a laundry basket in their bedroom and ask them to bring it downstairs when you’re doing the laundry, see how to implement this technique in this post, this will help to create good habits and help keep bedroom floors free from dirty laundry!
- Set a timer!
Kids love a race and love working against a timer, see who can collect the most, you or your kids!
- Only give your child a couple of chores per day
You can rotate duties each week if you want them to learn new skills.
- Have fun!
It’s going to take twice as long do all the chores at first but have fun and play to your child’s strengths. My daughter hates recycling but loves to squeegee the shower, my son loves recycling but dislikes hanging things up.
- Give your kids chores they enjoy doing!
Remember you’re not trying to do less work yourself, you’re striving to create good habits and life skills in your kids, and it should be fun for everyone.
- Create great habits!
Habits, when ignited in youngsters, are hard to break, make sure they are good habits!
The benefits of a kids chore chart.
The main reason we use a chore chart in our house is as a motivational tool, my kids love to tick jobs off on their kid’s chore list after they’ve compleated them. I use it as a responsibility chart to help them understand the jobs that need to be done every morning and every evening before they watch television or have screen time. Using printable kids chore charts helps stop any arguments and helps establish a routine.
Now the kids have gone back to school, there is no better time to start to use my free printable
Screen time chore charts
I use these printable kids chore charts as a routine to help my kids be responsible for their jobs before they have any screen time in the mornings or after school. My kids know they have to tick off all their responsibilities before they watch tv or have screen time. This cuts out any misunderstandings and helps prevent any drama! To read more about how to get your kids off electronics click here
I bought a cheap laminator got the chart laminated and my kids tick off the jobs when they are done. Just click on the button to download your kids chore chart.
Kids responsibility charts
We are not trying to get our kids to do hundreds of jobs around the house and we are not trying to offload our responsibilities onto our kids. We are striving to create one great habit at a time to enable our kids to learn the skills they need to carry them through life.
- Giving kids chores enables the whole house to work as a team.
- Allows them to see how the household runs.
- Lets them see how much work is involved in getting chores done.
- Gives them valuable skills to take with them throughout life
- Builds self-esteem and confidence
- Helps them learn life skills and helps with self-improvement
- Gets kids off electronics and broadens interests
- Gets children learning by measuring, weighing and reading quantities.
- Kids spend time outside in the fresh air when performing outdoor chores
We are not suggesting that your children should be doing the work of an adult in the house, but simple kids chores which they already enjoy gives them a sense of value within the family.
How to create an age-appropriate kids chore chart.
You know the struggle if you’ve ever asked a kid to do something, they drag their knuckles and grunt some response, while eye-rolling all at the same time.
My son will help out if it is his idea, however, if you ask him to do anything for you, then he’s not so keen! He will, also, however, sell his soul for a sticker!
Kids love helping out, especially small children they enjoy:
- Spraying and wiping
- Bubbles and water
- Mixing and baking
- Pushing buttons
You know your child better than anyone, think about the jobs that they continually ask to do with you and jot them down, you’ll need this later when it’s time to create your children’s chore chart.
Toddler chore chart printable with pictures.
Toddlers should be given simple age-appropriate tasks as soon as they can make a mess!
For instance, little tiny kids love dropping things in boxes and tubs so putting stuff away is all part of the fun for them.
Toddlers are starting to learn self-care, but are also at the stage where they love to say no! A toddler chore chart with simple self-care tasks is a great way to reward your toddler for the simple little things they do without a fuss such as:
- Brushing their teeth
- Tiding toys and books
- Dusting especially with a feather duster!
- Getting dressed
- Putting their clothes in the laundry basket
- Setting the table
- Making their bed
Teach your toddler one skill from the list above and keep repeating this task every day.
I’ve created a fabulous toddler chore chart, which your toddler will love! G
Once this skill has become a habit for your toddler, you can then teach them another choice from the list and replace it on the chart.
Do not swamp your little one with more than one task; you’re trying to create good habits, not a list of jobs for your toddler. At this stage, there should only be one job on the chart for them to master.
Age 4-6 years chore chart jobs
Kids in primary school still have the eagerness to learn new skills and the eagerness to please, so it’s still a great time to teach new skills to support their learning at school. Being able to look after and feed a pet is also a great way to teach your kids responsibility and to introduce the concept that there are other priorities in the house to tend to.
It will help if you sit down with your child and teach them how to compleat the job correctly and where they will find all the equipment to use, and how to tidy everything away afterwards. They must know how to do a job from start to finish.
- All previous chores
- Wiping table and placemats
- Feeding pets
- Keeping their room tidy
- Making breakfast
- Helping with recycling
- Washing dishes
Age 6-8 years chore chart jobs
At this age, children’s skill sets are increasing, and they can have a little bit more responsibility for themselves, such as getting swimming kits ready, preparing packed lunches and making lunches on the weekends. Children of this age still have a keenness to learn new skills and enjoy helping out, so it is reasonably straightforward to teach them some new skills.
- All above chores
- Basic food preparation
- Making lunch
- Washing and drying dishes
- Taking out the rubbish
- Filling up the dishwasher
- Pulling out weeds
- Making drinks for the family
- Helping to bring in the shopping and unpacking
- Making packed lunches for school
- Packing up sports kits
Age 8-10 chore chart jobs
Although their skill set is increasing even further, it can be an age where kids like to complain about chores and doing jobs. It’s important at this stage to remember to try to adapt your child’s chore chart with jobs they love doing, remember that you’re still trying to create good habits, not offload your work!
- Walking the dog
- Stripping the beds
- Folding towels
- Emptying the dishwasher
- Putting garden toys away, such as bikes etc
- Taking wheelie bins out and bringing them back in.
- Cleaning out pets cages.
Age 11 plus chore chart jobs.
We are at the critical age where it’s almost impossible to try to get your kids to do anything unless you’ve already developed ingrained habits from a young age as described in the paragraphs above. Try to remember your teenager is going through a lot of physical changes and has a tremendous amount of pressure at school. They may be struggling to find their feet within friendship groups and many other substantial emotional issues which can see them retreat into themselves quite a lot.
It is important not to force the issue but to encourage teamwork for teenagers. If you’ve got a teenager who likes to be alone, they may enjoy the solitude of taking the dog out for a walk each morning. They may fancy helping you to cook dinner.
This isn’t a time to ramp up the number of jobs on your teenager’s chore chart, but to instead simplify it only to include jobs they enjoy.
- Folding washing
- Putting away their own laundry
- Load washing and tumble dryer
- Put new bedding on their bed
- Helping with meals
- Cleaning their personal space in their room
Printable Family chore chart checklist
Teenager chore chart
Younger kids love nothing better than spending time with their parents, so this is a great way to reward kids for compleating their charts, whether it’s taking each child out on their own, for some quality time or planning a family day out, it’s up to you which works best for your family. This teenager chore chart is great for helping your teenager get my earning it by working hard and being part of the team and helps them see how much they can save.
Frequently asked Q&A
As outlined above, our printable teenager template chore chart is perfect as it is customisable so you can add your own chores to the chart following the guidelines in the post for age appropriate chores.
This is a parenting call, the reason I use a chore chart for kids is to build self esteem, assume personal responsibility, and encourage team work.
my kids started to learn personal responsibility as soon as they could walk. if they got it out they were encouraged to put it away. If I brushed their teeth they got a sticker on their chart , its all about encouraging good habits!
I would start by doing some fun chores together like making breakfast, folding washing, making lunch. She will enjoy spending time with you and not realise she’s helping you. It’s better to teach life skills than to expect your child to graft around the house!
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