Here’s a few things chores teach:
- Time management
- Homemaking basics
- And general Life Skills
As parents, one of our most important tasks is to teach our children skills that will help them excel in life. Because we love them dearly and want the best for them – we are willing to do the difficult things to make sure they’re prepared to succeed in life. It’s one of those… acts of love that go along with the title of parenthood.
Keeping the Big Picture before us fuels us to plow through difficult times. Because we love them, we will not have them unequipped for life; we will teach many things.
If your child has recently taken on a new responsibility, such as laundry duty or caring for a family pet, consider using a printable chore chart or some of the free printables we’ve provided below to outline your expectations. See our Age Appropriate Chore Listing below for each age and stage of your child’s development.
Beginning at a young age seems useless – unreachable & unattainable. Around age 2-3 we focus on consistent naps, potty training, manners, short clean-ups – reachable milestones. The foundation is laid bit-by-bit. For example, a 2-3 year old can begin learning laundry duty using simple colors.
Children are capable of learning expectations of the household while developing life skills at each stage in life. Often there are many growing pains in the process, for example, we’ve experienced many chipped dishes and broken glasses by learning how to wash dishes.
With patience and perseverance, eventually kids will learn the necessary skills to launch into the ‘real world’ – equipped to handle what comes their way.
Imagine your child going to college or getting their first job? What life skills would you like for them to possess? We’ve created a complete responsibility/life skill chore chart with this in mind.
Get the Chore Charts
Download our free Age Appropriate Chore Chart HERE
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By age 8-11 we suggest the child should be doing their own laundry, without supervision, for example.
As the parent, you are fully aware of your child’s skill level, therefore, we’re offering a way to begin:
With the printable version, fill in the appropriate chores and life skills of your choice and print!
NOTE: You must have Adobe Reader installed to personalize the printable
I wish you the best in guiding your child in the area of life skill development and helping them to be proficient, responsible, capable young adults – taking care of themselves and their homes. It’s no easy task – we’re in this together – let’s do this!
Benita Hampel blogs about home & life organization over at The Wizehouse. A former engineer, she's blessed to be a WAHM, wife, and aspiring entrepreneur. She's a lover of DIY, the DE-cluttered life, sewing for her girls, and creating systems which bring ease & energy to on-the-go family living! You can see more of her home organization tips on Pinterest and by following her on Twitter.