Responsibilities allow kids a sense of confidence, independence and start to build a great habit as they age. Before getting into what kind of chores and responsibilities you can give your children, here are some things to keep in mind.

How to go about giving chores to your kids?

With their easy going attitude towards life, children aren’t naturally inclined towards chores. Because of this, It’s best to ease your children into doing such chores. Remember to be patient and provide clear instructions. Your children aren’t going to be perfect when doing these chores, so leave some room for mistakes. Praise the right thing they did, but also correct their mistakes. Again, chores aren’t something children want to do naturally, so ensure you don’t discourage them from it.

Finally, children usually model the adults around them. Demonstrate how you do the chores and allow them to mimic the behavior. The earlier you involve them, the better, as it becomes a natural part of their lives rather than a sudden switch in routine.

Child-Friendly Chores and Responsibilities

With that in mind, there are many different chores and responsibilities to assign your children. Here are some of them.

Help in the kitchen (our favourite one!)

Whether it’s cleaning small messes or helping in cooking prep, the kitchen is a great place to find lots of chores for your children, and ones they will get excited about too – with supervision, of course. Getting them to take part in simple cooking tasks like grating cheese, picking herbs, 

Ask them to join in on trips to the grocery store and collect the items on your list, set the table, help to clear the table and if they are old enough, to load the dishwasher too. 

There are many ways to involve your kids in everyday household activities. If you’re looking to nurture your children’s skills in the kitchen, Rooks to Cooks is the place to be!

Water the plants and flowers in the garden 

This is a great chore for children especially since it also gives them the opportunity to be outside. Again, younger kids may need strict supervision to ensure they don’t touch or eat plants and flowers they’re not supposed to ingest. Assign areas and educate your kids about safety, especially once they’re much older to understand. If you have a garden, you know how satisfying it is to enjoy the “fruits of your labour” – kids feel that way too!

Putting their things and toys away in an organized manner

This chore is usually the first, starting from the age of 2 or 3. You can begin with ensuring they keep their toys and things away after playtime. As the child gets older, this chore can shift into other areas of the house, especially with things that they use. Remember, kids learn from demonstration to be sure to tidy up after yourself too. 

Wiping up and cleaning surfaces

Small spills can be handled by children as young as 2 or 3 years of age. Teaching them to clean up any mess they make is an important habit to build from a young age as this will inevitably be part of their lives as they get older.

Make their own bed

This is another must-have chore and habit to build. When they wake up every day, this chore must be enforced. Younger children can help their parents and be supervised, but it doesn’t need to be perfectly done. 

Even though we call them chores, all of these are habits and can be formed in a fun and nurturing way. If the kitchen is a tough spot on your house, let us handle the mess at our Fall After School Programs and Weekend Workshops!