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What chores do you expect your children to do
and at what age?
dss1 is 15 and everynight he has to make sure his room is clean put dirty washing in the laundry ( other wise he clothes dont get washed he learnt the hard way :yes: ) dry the dishes and put them away put any rubbish out
he has to do all that before he gets on the comp
dss2 is 7 and cause he only comes to us on weekends he doesnt really do much but he has to put his toys away dirty clothes in laundry and sometimes i ask him to put rubbish outside he also helps to put the clean washing away but thats his choice he likes doing it :confused:
My daughter is 8 and we expect her to keep her room clean and bed made (though it's a stuggle) and she has to pick up the dog poo on Saturdays (normally the whole neighbourhood knows it, as she tells everyone it's "disgusting"), take the recycling out to the recycle bin. She also has to put her clean clothes away.
tyhleigha & izaiah's mum
my daughter is 3 and she has to pick all her toys up that she pulls out thats it oh and she loves making little brothers bed (a little toddler wiggles bed), so we give her pocket money for that its so cute watching her do it hehe
I get mine to do what they can, with a little bribery of a star chart....
My 6 year old vacuums the kitchen, dining and family area each night, and because of the star chart, actually gets upset if I go to do it, as he wants his precious treat when he has collected enough stars (he gets double stars for this)...... he gets double stars for cleaning up his little brothers messes. He is pretty much willing to do anything I ask, like take the garbage out etc....and he askes me what more he can do every night. He is never forced to do anything, he just knows if he doesnt pitch in he doesnt get a treat ;)
My 4 year old is happy to put away toys, pick up his clothes and shoes.....and being a pain in the butt with eating, he now finishes his dinner for a precious star on the chart.....my 2 year old gets stars for doing little things too, but he is not really aware of what it all means....he just gets excited to pitch in and help with his brothers as he thinks it's a game.....
DD Takes the Rubbish out :D
Hannah's 3 1/2 yrs (even though she will say "I'm not 3 1/2 I nearly 4!) anyways I expect her to put her plate and cup either on the kitchen bench or in the sink (depends if plastic or glass/crockery) and she has now just also started to help me pack and unpack the dishwasher (her choice - any help is appreciated cause DH won't do anything!)
I'm not a strict mother but I feel that there are some things that children need to do around the house as early as they can possibly understand.
I think when she is about 4 or 5 I might introduce pocketmoney (so she can spend "her" money on the damn money machine eating cars etc in the shopping centres).
When I was 5 my chore in the house was to wipe the skirting boards (for a two storey house) every week when housecleaning was done. I think I got about 10cents as pocket money for doing it (oh I felt rich then!!!)
DS#1 does the rubbish, and has a wash box in his room that he always put in the laundry when needed
DS#2 finds all the dirty dishes and clothes lying about
DS#3,4,5 and DD all do the dishwasher (pack it away, not stack it)
They all pick up toys/rubbish.
I have to vacuume, cause no-one else can, well DS#1 can when he wants, he does do his room and his brothers room probably once a month if I dont get around to it quick enough.
DD helps me do the washing in the days, she just loves helping with anything and everything.
I'm not sure whether they can be called chores, because DD volunteers for these jobs but does them pretty much every day. She's 2.5 and feeds the dogs their dry kibble every evening. She puts her dirty clothes in the laundry basket. She sets the table for me about half the time, she hasn't broken anything yet :fingerscrossed: And she'll help pick up her toys and pencils if I ask her to.
DS doesn't do much...he likes to tell me when there is a 'huge mess' in his room, usually his cars and blocks all over the floor, then he asks if I will help him to clean them up. He'll do almost anything if I do it with him but he wont pack toys away by himself :no:
He sometimes helps me put clean dishes away, he would love to be allowed to wash them...something about the pink gloves I wear ;) He also puts the salt/pepper/cutlery on the table some nights, never the plates tho. He tries his hardest to vacuum but can't quite get the hang of it, I don't think I'll have to vacuum much once he can do it.
I think i will try & teach my DD to help out as much as she can when she understands. Even if its simple things like helping mum put all her toys away. I want her to be a helper not a lazy bum lol.
All - tidy toys and school things at the end of the day, and set the table.
DD 8 - takes out rubbish
DD 6 takes out compost
DS 3 closes curtains
Sometimes for pocket money they might do extra things like clean out the car etc
DD8- keep her room tidy and put her clothes away
DS6-make his bed and take bin out on rubbish night
DS3-just pack the toys away when he's finished playing.
All of them must take finished dishes to the sink. Older 2 must unpack school bags as soon as they get home.
The boys both like to vaccuum and DD will get the clothes off the line if i ask her.
By 18 months my children put their own rubbish
in the bin
they are expected to keep the living area tidy
That has to be done every day
I think I should expect more from my girl
She has no chores as such
but i expect her to help when i ask
when my dd turns the age ill expect her to clean her room. put toys and stuff away. help with the washing of clothes and dishes, stuf fi had to do really. and earn her money by doing these chores:)
Clean up the toys they have been playing with. Encouraged this from a young age as early as 12 months.
Olivia is asked to take her dirty clothing to the laundry and so does Bella.
They both help to tidy up around the place eg I might ask them to "take this to the bin for mummy please"
It'd be happy for Ds to grow up learning to clean up after himself eg. pick up dirty clothes, put dirty plates in sink etc.
DF and I both NEVER had chores EVER! We moved in together when I was 18 and he was 23 and we'd both NEVER had to clean up after ourselves......it was interesting and we're still getting used to it! hehehe!
DD1 was taught to clean up the messes she made when she was about 12 months old. Nothing strict.
It has developed into her offerring to help with the dishes (limited to plastic items etc) she makes her own bed, brings her toys out of her room one at a time and puts it away before pulling out another. Passes pegs to me when hanging the washing, places laundry into the hamper as well as helping with baby a (my third set of hands) and setting the table for dinner.
When I was a child my brothers and I had chores and I think we are better for it as we are meticulous cleaners, good cooks and responsible. My DF on the other hand had a mother who did and does everything except wiping his butt and he is hopeless and bearly even remembers to take his dirty dishes to the sink ARGH!
I cleaned our other car today (we have two this is the one he takes to work) and there were 5 coffee cups in there and 4 lunch boxes which had to be soaked as the leftover lunch items were rancid......lovely!
as kids me and my sister was only ever made to clean our room and half the time we didnt mum ended up doin it:eek:
i would like to try to stick to getting tyler to clean her room and make her bed:fingerscrossed:
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