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What Chores can My Children do?

This is a common question from many parents. They are wondering what, if anything, there children can do to help out at home at different ages.

Giving children chores provides many benefits:

  • It teaches them responsibility.
  • It shows them that they are important in the up-keeping of their home.
  • It shows them that they are valued for their skills.
  • It shows them that can can accomplish new tasks.
  • They will know that you value their ability to help out when needed.
  • It helps take a little of the load of you, which is especially helpful to single mothers who work inside our outside of the home.

So, what can your children do? Well, that all depends on their ages and abilities, as well as on what you need done. Here are some guidelines:

Toddlers:

  • Pick up their toys and put them in their toy boxes.
  • ‘Help’ mom with little tasks.
  • Pick up their books.
  • Clear their places at the table.
  • Put dirty clothes in the hamper.

Pre-school aged children:

  • Sort socks and match them up while mom is folding laundry.
  • Learn to put clean clothes in drawers with moms help.
  • Pick up after their various activities.
  • ‘Help’ mom with easy food prep.

Young elementary school aged children:

  • They can do everything above on their own.
  • They can also do more food preparation on their own. They can pour their own cereal and measure things out more easily.
  • They can help with younger siblings.
  • Clean the bathroom sink area.
  • Sweep floors.

Older elementary age children:

  • Take out trash.
  • Do some supervised cooking.
  • Vacuum.
  • Dust.
  • Unload the dishwasher or wash dishes in the sink.
  • Strip the beds.
  • Fold laundry and put away.

Teenagers:

  • Young teens should begin learning about the rest of the chores as well as home maintenance. They should also learn things like grocery shopping and menu planning.
  • Older teens should be able to do everything by themselves, but should not be expected to do everything each day. Find the schedule that works best for your family. They may also benefit from a savings/checking account, using their own money.

Hopefully, these guidelines will help you to create the perfect task plans for all of your children.

Shannon

P.S. What chores do you have your children doing at what ages? Let us know by commenting on this post. Your advice will help many other single mothers. Thank you.

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A Food Cupboard in Your Kitchen Helps Older Children be Independent

Older children need to be able to feel more independent, and teenagers can eat you out of house and home. Both groups will do well to have some freedom as to what after school snacks they can have, or what meals if they are home alone.

Giving them a food cupboard of their won is a good way to handle both of these situations. They can learn responsibility, and this frees you up to worry about other things. It will also save you some money, because you will have more control over how much your child is eating.

Now, how to create the cupboard:

  • Step 1: Choose an appropriate cupboard, one which your child can easily reach all the way into the back of.
  • Step 2: Decide what types of food items you will put into the cupboard. Will there be items that need to be cooked? This will depend on the age of the child. You may allow them to only use the microwave when they are gone. Teenagers may have full access to the stove and oven.
  • Step 3: Sit down with your child and get his or her input on what they would like in the cupboard.
  • Step 4: Set up a designated area in the refrigerator for items that need to go in there. Maybe a shelf on the door. Make sure your child knows that she/he is only to touch what is in her/his designated area.
  • Step 5: Clear and wash out the cupboard that will be known as your child’s cupboard from now on.
  • Step 6: Set a budget for the week and take your child shopping.
  • Step 7: Have your child put his/her groceries away. You will, at this time, want to prepare things like peanut butter and crackers. This way, there will be less mess on your child’s part.
  • Step 8: Go over the rules of the cupboard food system. Is this only for after school snacks? Meals and snacks? Go over the safety rules of the stove/oven and microwave.

You may find other things that you need to do to prepare.

 

Shannon

P.S. Share with us your experiences regarding children’s set-up in your home in the comments section. Thank you.

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