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chores for all ages

Giving kids chores is an important part of teaching them responsibility. But the chores that a preschooler can do are totally different than those that a middle schooler can do. So, why should your kid be doing chores and which ones are the right ones for them? Read on.


Once you hit tween-hood, kids are inching toward independence, while still gripping onto childhood. It's an important time for their development. "Your aim is to let them know that to pitch in is to be a caring, considerate member of the household and to give them enough time-intensive meaningful chores so that their contribution matters in your household. That helps greatly to build self-esteem and to help instill character in your child," says Rittberg.

What new chores are they ready for?

  • Take the dog for walks
  • Feed pets
  • Vacuum
  • Help with gardening
  • Retrieve laundry from the dryer and fold it
  • Make the grocery list
  • Assist younger siblings with getting ready


By the time your kids are teens, they are already thinking about what adulthood will be like. They might be less apt to help, since they have so many other interests tugging at them. But your kids still need to contribute to your household. "A good rule of thumb is: when kids are sitting around watching TV or texting their friends or aimlessly playing around on he computer and something needs to be done, that is proof they are ready for more responsibility," says Rittberg.

What can teens do?

  • Do laundry from start to finish
  • Take out trash
  • Help with lawn care
  • Make dinner
  • Wash the car
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Do dishes

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