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LITTLE HELPING HANDS – Chores for 2 – 9 years old

 
I love this picture, it’s a picture of my
friend’s 4 yea
r old daughter chopping carrot as neatly as a good chef. The fact that
she can chop carrot and other vegetables into such fine shapes
comes as a timely reminder
to
begin teaching
and allowing my children handle house chores without hovering over them like a
mother hen. After all, didn’t
John Adams say that practice makes perfect. It is only when we attempt a task
that we get to know if we can excel
at
it or succeed.
Like most mothers, I am guilty of
sheltering my kids from doing easy task with excuses that ranges from ‘I want
to save time, I want it properly done/cleaned, he/she is still a child’ etc.
Tasks like sweeping their room, washing their dishes,
making their beds, arranging their room,
dressing up for school and even bathing; though with supervision for some ages.
We often do not want to admit that the new born baby
we gave birth to a few
months ago is
now grown and ready to offer the needed helping hand within and around
the house.
It
is time we begin teaching and encouraging our kids to help around the house.
Asides helping out with the never ending daily house chores, assigning tasks to
them will have them develop a sense of responsibility. Below is a list of  chores for ages 2 –
9 courtesy
 webmd.com with a
little modification to suit  us.
Chores for children ages 2 to 3years
Ø  Put toys away
Ø  Put clothes in hamper
Ø  Wipe up spills
Ø  Dust books and magazines pile
 Chores
for children ages 4 to 5years
Any of the above chores plus:
Ø  Make their bed
Ø  Empty wastebaskets
Ø  Arrange scattered books or toy
Ø  Clear table (after eating)
Ø  Clean dirty/dusty surface
Ø  Use hand-held vacuum to pick up crumbs/sweep small area
Ø  Water flowers
Ø  Wash plastic dishes at sink
Ø  Fix a bowl of cereal
Chores for children ages 6 to 7
Any of the above chores plus:
Ø  Sort laundry
Ø  Sweep floors
Ø  Set and clear table
Ø  Help make and pack lunch
Ø  Weed and rake leaves
Ø  Keep the bedroom tidy
 Chores
for children ages 8 to 9
Any of the above chores plus:
Ø  Put away groceries
Ø  Vacuum
Ø  Help make dinner
Ø  Make own snacks/sandwich
Ø  Wash table after meals
Ø  Put away own laundry
Ø  Sew buttons
Ø  Make own breakfast
Ø  Peel vegetables
Ø  Cook simple foods, such as indomie, rice etc
Ø  Mop floor
As we encourage our kids to carry our these
chores, let’s have the tips below in mind;

 

  1. Keep
    every task/chore simple
  2. Show and
    spell out your expectations (ie how

    the completed version of the task looks)
  3. Don’t
    expect perfection on first attempt.
  4. Encourage
    and affirm efforts – results
  5. Avoid
    constant correction and criticism
  6. Applaud every
    success or the attempt at it
  7. Don’t
    give up when expectations are not met

 

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    October 4, 2015 at 2:28 am

    I love these ideas! I think this is so, so important for little ones! So glad we have connected!

    Elizabeth
    allkindsofthingsblog.com

  • Reply
    lizzy unak
    September 26, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Nice one again! M learning

  • Reply
    Unknown
    September 26, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    This is quiet inspiring. Thanks Roz

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    September 26, 2015 at 12:10 am

    This is quite interesting ! My 2yrs plus dota now helps with; pls get me this/that, pls drop this in the refridgerator!,and some little errands and its so amazing watch her grow into that girl-child we had always desired.
    So its pretty nice we engage them early enough in house chores without fears or much worries.

    Cheers
    'Kanby

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