How To Create A kids Chore Chart That Gets Results!
One of the questions people ask me most often is, “How do I get my kids to help out around the house?”
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.
From a very young age, kids love to help out, I’m going to show you how to tap into the 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 chore charts, I’ve created these beautiful chore charts for kids of various ages, and they’re waiting for you to download for free from our resources library when you sign up to our updates!
The benefits of using a chore chart for kids
The main reason our kid’s chore chart works is, 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 simple 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 tasks which they already enjoy gives them a sense of value within the family.
How to create an age-appropriate chore chart for kids.
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.
One of my kids will do any chore for you if she thinks there’s something at the end of it for her.
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 child’s chore chart.
So how do we get our kids to help around the house?
Create an age-appropriate chore chart for kids.
If your kids can use a remote control, iPad, or games console without any problem at all, then they should have no trouble working the washing machine!
Take the time to teach your kids the jobs you’d like them to do, such as the settings on the washing machine and how much powder to measure out for the laundry; you’ll soon find that they are desperate to help with the washing. This is a valuable life skill to have as they prepare to leave home.
All kids love getting messy, giving them an easy meal to prepare such as toast, sandwiches or salad can be great for a child’s self-esteem, it helps your little ones understand how food looks before it becomes a meal. Older kids can begin to read recipes and measure by themselves, which helps with reading comprehension and maths skills.
Baking with kids often tends to include making cakes and biscuits. Widen the experience slightly and get kids of all ages engaged in making everyday meals with you, it’s a great way to develop life skills.
When kids have had an active part in making a meal, they are less likely to be fussy about the meal they’re eating and finish their meal without any fuss.
Jobs suitable for a toddler chore chart
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 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 reward chart just for toddlers, give your toddler a sticker each time they achieve this daily skill then reward them at the end of the week with something they love to do, like a visit to the park.
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’s super important for you to 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. It is vital that they 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, has a tremendous amount of pressure at school, 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 the 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
How to teach your kids to do chores.
- Talk your kids through one chore 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 a 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, so 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 when they’re old enough, they 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.
- Setting the table helps them to feel part of the mealtime preparation and makes them feel part of a team.
- 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.
- 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 my post: My Amazing New Laundry Hack, 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,
- Habits, when ignited in youngsters, are hard to break, make sure they are good habits!
Rewarding kids for doing chores
- 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.
- The tweens and teenage years are a great time to teach your kids about earning money and saving money!
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