Assigning age-appropriate chores to your child teaches him responsibility and creates a sense of unity in the family. To get him on board, start chores at a young age and stick to the chore schedule consistently. As your child gets older, his chores will likely change, but even the youngest kids can help keep their rooms from resembling the town dump.
Cleaning chores for kids range from cleaning the bedroom to tackling family cleaning tasks in shared areas. Toddlers often start by helping their parents pick up their toys in the bedroom or toy room, or in common areas such as the family room. As your little one gets older, he can handle cleaning his entire room and expanding to additional cleaning duties. Preschoolers and older can carry recyclable items to the recycling bins and carry light bags of trash to the receptacle. Young kids are also able to wipe counters, dust and help with the dishes. Skip the harsh chemical cleaners if your little one is cleaning. Vinegar and water is a safe alternative he can use. Work up to more difficult tasks like washing laundry, cleaning the windows and washing the car over time as your child matures.
The kitchen holds the potential for kids' chores that will help you get dinner on the table faster. Setting the table is a task that young children can handle. Kids can also help with the cooking tasks. Assign toddlers and preschoolers simple jobs, such as stirring, scooping and washing ingredients. Older kids can take on more responsibilities, including planning and cooking the meal. Always supervise children in the kitchen, even if they are old enough to handle cooking and using knives on their own. Other kitchen chores that are great for little kids include taking food scraps to the compost pile and helping you put away groceries.
If you have pets in the house, your little one can lend a hand with the care. Toddlers and preschoolers are able to fill the pet's food and water bowls with supervision. Pets can become aggressive around their food so it's best to stay nearby to supervise and prevent dangerous behaviors from your pet. Walking the family dog is a suitable chore for older kids who are strong enough to keep hold of the leash.
Outside jobs are another possibility for kids' chores. Task young children with jobs such as picking up small sticks, watering plants and weeding -- with supervision so the right plants stay in the garden beds. In the fall, get your child involved in leaf cleanup. Mowing is a chore best left to older kids and adults. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a minimum age of 12 for push mowers and 16 for riding lawn mowers.