Chores.

This is another topic Linnea came up with for me to blog about. What chores do the kids do and what age did they start.

I grew up doing chores, but maybe not enough since I don't have many memories of it? Maybe my mom can chime in and let me know what we did..

Jasper is almost 9 and for the past 2 years or so he's had specific regular jobs. For instance every day he unloads the dishwasher and feeds and gives his dog water. And on the weekends he cleans up the dog poop in the yard. Super glamorous job. During the summer I'll add another daily job to keep him 'busy', like sweep the kitchen. Those are his regular jobs. But he also does extra things on the weekends when we are all cleaning. Like clean the 'boys bathroom' downstairs. He actually does a really good job with that. He is also in charge of cleaning his own room, bringing his laundry into the laundry room and putting his shirts on a hanger. (The rest I fold but he puts away.) 

He Does get a weekly allowance, but he knows he's not getting 'paid' for the chores, thats just his job as a member of the family who lives here. 

Tindra is 3 (4 next week!!) and doesn't have specific chores just yet except for cleaning up her toys/helping clean the playroom. She loves to wipe down the table/counters when I'm cleaning and cooking, but I'm thinking it's time for her to start having some specific jobs to do as well.

I pulled some friends and asked what chores their kiddos did...and now I'm thinking it's time to start making these kids pull their weights more! They all gave some great suggestions for age appropriate chores for me to share.

Ages 3-4

  • Help Load Dishwasher 
  • Help Unload dishwasher
  • Wipe down tables/counters
  • Clean up toys
  • Feed animals
  • Dust

Ages 5-7

  • Yard work
  • Clean own room
  • Clean Play Room
  • Fold and put clothes away
  • Vacuum 
  • Make bed

8+

  • Everything on the previous lists plus...
  • Wash own laundry
  • Take out trash
  • Clean bathrooms/kitchen 
  • Watch/entertain siblings while mom makes dinner/takes a shower

What about you guys? Do your kids have chores? I think I need to get more organized and write a clear chore list for the kids to do, definitely be summer!