Parenting Q: what are reasonable household chores for kids under the age of 10?
December 20, 2010 8 Comments
Our kids are 4 and 6. In order to turn them into healthy, reproductive adults and give myself more time for blogging and shooting guns, I’m trying to get them to do more work around the house.
My original plan was for the kids to be doing their own laundry by age 5 and regularly-scheduled maintenance on our motor vehicles by age 7. My wife thinks this schedule is too “aggressive” so I’m turning to you for advice, Internet.
Here’s what they’re doing now as part of the “five minute cleanup” after dinner while my wife and I clean up the kitchen:
- Scrape off their plates and put them in the sink.
- Feed the cats and dog.
- Pick up toys, books, shoes, and clothes.
They’re gradually getting better at doing all of those things. As in, they accomplish these tasks more than 50% of the time and whine about doing them less than 50% of the time.
So, what’s next? What kind of household chores should I expect kids that age to do in the next five years or so?