Deep-Cleaning the house during the Springtime is a tradition held by families all over the country, but it can be EXHAUSTING!
We think that having the kids help out could make the experience a little less taxing. Many parents have trouble getting their children off their phones and away from the TV, but maybe they could get a little more help by giving them the right chore.
Matching your children with the right chore may make a world of a difference in their attitude towards work, and makes them feel accomplished after they finish! it’s almost never too early to start our children off with a strong work ethic.
Many parents feel that their children aren’t capable of many chores, but you may be suprised!
At two and three your child is probably starting to have a real personality. But this isn’t aways the best thing… It’s not called the “terrible twos” for nothing!
At this age kids are still more than capable to start learning how to help out mom and dad. They will quickly learn how to pick up their toys with parental supervision. If you can help it, DON’T pick up your children’s toys while they continue to play elsewhere!
At this age children become much more capable. Here are some chores you can give your four and five year olds.
- Setting/Clearing the table with parental instruction
- Carrying in grocercies from the store
- Helping to sort/fold laundry
- Match socks after clothing is washed
- Be responsible for a pet’s food and water bowl
- Hang up towels in the bathroom
- Puting away silverware from the dishwasher (stay away from the knives!)
- Make their bed every day
- Put Laundry Away
- Put away dishes from the dishwasher
- Empty Trash Can
- Rake leaves
- Put all laundry away with supervision
- Take the trash can to the curb for pick up
- Change light bulbs
- Change the vacuum bag
- Dust, vacuum, clean bathrooms and do dishes
- Clean mirrors
- Mow the lawn with supervision
- Prepare an occasional family meal with supervision
- Do housework as needed
- Do yard work as needed
- Prepare family meals — from grocery list to serving it — as needed
- Deep cleaning of household appliances, such as defrosting the freezer, as needed
REMEMBER this is a guideline. It is our advice to pick out a few of these chores from each list and assing them to your child. Don’t create resentment towards work by overburdening them with chores!
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