OK, parents. You may not relish the idea of
housework. But you're not doing your kids — or their
future roommates or spouses — any favors by giving
them a chore-free childhood. Besides, children (well, at
least younger ones) are eager to help.
A few tips: Be specific. Unless absolutely necessary,
don't redo children's work. Keep a regular routine.
Praise their work.
Following are age-appropriate chores children can do:
- Ages 2 to 3: Sorting laundry by color.
Tidying their shoes in the closet. Tearing lettuce.
Wiping up spills. Picking up toys. Pouring pet food
- 3 to 5: Setting the table. Putting folded
clothes away. Watering plants. Putting away clean
- 5 to 9: Making bed. Folding towels and
washcloths. Raking leaves. Pulling weeds. Dusting.
Clearing the table.
- 9 to 12: Collecting and taking out trash.
Vacuuming. Washing the dog. Folding and putting away
Source: Leslie Garcia, Dallas Morning
News, May 16, 2000