How to Delegate Chores to Your Children
If constantly picking up after your children and feeling more like a maid than a mom is your cup of tea, then you don’t need to keep reading this. But if you want to teach your children to pitch-in and take responsibility for helping tidy-up, then this is just for you momma! Keep reading to learn how to delegate chores to your children.
I’m going to give you a list of things our kiddos are currently doing to help with chores around the house, and the extra things they earn money for.
As the momma of 4 little ones, ages 3, 4, 5, & 8, I know just a little about delegating chores. I’m not a parenting expert by any means, but I know it’s important to teach my children the value of teamwork and personal responsibility from an early age.
Chores our kids currently help with are:
(I also listed the age they were when they began doing each chore)
- Unloading the dishwasher (5 yr old)
- Emptying bathroom trashcans (5 yr old)
- Wiping down kitchen table & chairs (7 yr old)
- Sweeping kitchen floor (7 yr old)
- Cleaning bathroom mirror, counter and sink (5 yr old)
- Emptying recycling into large bin (4 yr old)
- Help pick up toys in living spaces (4 yr old)
- Put away laundry (3 yr old)
- Make bed (5 yr old)
- Use electric leaf blower on deck and walkway (5 yr old)
- Pack their school lunch night before with supervision (7 yr old)
- Help unload groceries and put items away (3 yr old)
- Check mail (5 yr old)
- Picking up their toys and books in their own rooms without help (5 yr old)
Chores that earn money $$$
- Cleaning younger siblings room when they didn’t help make the mess
- Deeper cleaning like washing the front of the kitchen cabinet doors
- Organize toys in younger siblings rooms
It definitely takes a fair amount of time to teach each of these chores, but learning how to delegate chores to your children is sooo worth the work! I have to remind myself when I keep showing my 8 year old for the 100th time how to sweep the kitchen. Insert eye roll. I swear she just rubs the broom on the floor and calls it sweeping, but seriously, it’s a chore that takes a little practice. And she is getting better at it.
Teaching chores also teach your kiddos how to finish a task and feel good about a job well done!
Yes, you could keep doing almost everything for them and not teach them basic skills, but how are they gonna function 5, 10 years down the road? I take teaching my children life skills very importantly, and I believe it’s my duty to equip them to succeed in life. How about you?
So how do we begin teaching chores?
- My husband and I talk about the chore and decide if we think they have the capability to perform the task.
- We tell the kids we need their help.
- Then we show them how to do the chore and tell them how often and when it needs to be done.
- We go over whatever it is with them until they have the ability to complete the task on their own.
- We let them know we expect them to do a thorough job each time.
- On occasion we quality control them and give them praise for doing a good job or trying to do a good job.
- We occasionally take a night off if we are having a movie night or some other occasion. Everyone enjoys some time off, right?
- We don’t let them whine their way out of their chore.
- We stay consistent.
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