It’s that time! Your kids are growing up and are at that age where more responsibility comes into play. Chore charts or chore jars are a great way to start incorporating more responsibility. Here are 43 chore ideas for all ages!
Of course, the age groups listed below are just an idea to get you started. Depending on your individual child, you will be able to assess their level of responsibility. That way, you can bump them up to some of the older chore chart ideas or you may choose to exclude some.
Chore Chart or Chore Jar
Do you use a chore chart or a chore jar? Both are very similar and are two different ways to approach adding new responsibilities to your children’s routines.
A chore chart is exactly what it sounds like – having a set list of tasks and marking them off as they are completed.
A chore jar is a great way to “mix it up” by having a bunch of chores written on individual pieces of paper. Add them all to a jar (a mason jar or clear container is perfect) for each child.
Then, your child gets to choose a select number of chores they must complete. A good idea for this is the age rule – 5 years old = 5 chores, 8 years old = 8 chores, and so on. These chore sticks are pre-made and include some blank ones for you to add chores to fit your house.
Includes all of the chore chart ideas for the previous ages and can also include the following:
Wash and dry dishes
Bring in mail
Put groceries away
Wipe down tables and counters
Take out trash
Pick up dog pet poop
Take the dog for a walk
Mow the lawn
Tend to the garden
Do a load of their own laundry or towels
What about an allowance?
An allowance is definitely a hot topic and is not one size fits all. Some parents do reward their children with an allowance for completing chores and others do not.
I, personally, never received an allowance or a reward for completing chores. They were tasks that were a part of my daily routine and to me, it instilled responsibility for doing things that should get done.
As I got older, whenever I wanted to hang out with friends (like going to the movies or getting a snack), my dad gave me $10, $20, or whatever I needed. But never a weekly allowance.
Here are a couple of articles about giving your pros and cons of allowances:
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