Any time I mention my children’s chores, I almost invariably have someone ask for an age appropriate chore list or at least some idea of what ages are capable of what tasks. I typically shy away from this question because children are so very different; however, I decided I would try to put together some sort of list as a guideline, hoping everyone here would fully understand the unique dynamics and circumstances of their individual children.
In addition, this is NOT an exhaustive list. There is absolutely no way I could manage such a feat. So, take this list, tweak it for your family’s needs, and let your children begin to demonstrate responsibility by helping around the home!
Oh, and a few very important items of note as you peruse this list:
- ALWAYS try to include your children in what you are already doing.
- Give them chances to lead.
- Respect their personalities and natural abilities while realizing the need to stretch and grow them.
- Don’t give up! Teaching responsibility is a worthy goal and something our culture sorely lacks. Press on, mama!
There is an economy of the household. There is work to be done and children must be a part of this work. However, they also must see you working hard too. They must feel like they are part of something bigger and their part matters.
I know I have inadvertently left things off this list and I know I don’t always get this list right, but I keep trying. I keep training. I keep raising arrows that I pray will one day be sharpened and ready to be responsible for their own households.