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    my 8 yr old has to feed the dog every day, bring down the washing and sort it into colours, sort the ironing into groups and put all of her clothes away. (as well as keeping her room and playroom tidy)

    so yeah, I would expect a whole lot more from a 15 yr old

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    15?? My 5yr old does chores after Kindy - I must be a hard *** and yes I do expect it - we all help out here or nobody gets fed!

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    By 15 I would expect children to be contributing to the household almost as much as the adults. I would expect them to do their own laundry, pick up after themselves and extra chores to chip in around the house. When I was a teenager my jobs were as above plus stacking/unstacking the dishwasher, feeding pets and vacuuming weekly. The only time I didn't have to do extra chores was around exam times.

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    I came from a household where my mum didn't overload us with heaps of jobs. I would not expect my 15 year old to be contributing the house as much as an adult.
    When I was 15 I would come home from school and my sister and I alternated folding and putting away the washing and washing and drying the dishes after dinner (no dishwasher). That was it aside from the usual keeping your room tidy and looking after the pets. But at 15 I was also at school 5 days a week, working from 8-4 every Sunday and until 9pm one night during the week and doing the hours upon hours of hours of homework set. I didn't have much down time. I had friends at the same age who had to help out with the housework every week and cook dinners a certain amount of nights a week etc. I personally will be taking on my parent's approach to contributing to the household at that age. As an adult I really appreciate that my parents essentially still let me be a kid. I moved out of home just after my 18th birthday and never returned home. I was capable of doing it all, I just wasn't made to do it all.
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    One chore seems reasonable, unload the dishwasher or bring the washing in, plus clean up own mess. I would be more concerned about school work at that age. Personally, palming off household chores to my dd doesn't sit well.

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    My 15 year old ss takes rubbish out daily and we ask that he keeps his room tidy and does his own washing. He doesn't do homework or assignments as much as we hound him and even offered a $20 incentive per assignment still doesn't do it.

    Miss 13 stacks the dishwasher and used to feed the cat (May he rip) and her washing. And keep room clean.

    Mr 11. In stacks dishwasher room and clothes.

    They all pitch in to clean their bathroom and toilet.

    I was doing a lot more at their age but I don't expect them to do everything. But since working full time every little bit helps.

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    I was working 10hrs min at 15 plus chores

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    So.... I am similar to @Party of Three in my approach to the kids.

    DD10 unpacks dishwasher, wipes down bathroom sink.....as well as usual keep her room tidy and put her washing away.

    DD7 takes out rubbish and recycling.....keep her room clean and put her washing away.

    They look after their kitten which is not considered a 'payable' chore (we pay per chore). That is a responsibility.

    Both of them help out with setting the table for dinner but it is not considered a chore. DD10 likes to help with dinner and will get their afternoon tea everyday.

    At 15 I had to unpack/pack the dishwasher and do the dishes. Keep my room clean and put my washing away. My main responsibility was my school work. With the amount of homework DD gets in year 4 I hate to think what it will be when she is 15. So at 15 her main and first priority will be school work.

    OP I do not think one job a day is to much at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlasgowRose View Post
    One chore seems reasonable, unload the dishwasher or bring the washing in, plus clean up own mess. I would be more concerned about school work at that age. Personally, palming off household chores to my dd doesn't sit well.
    It's not palming off though, it's expecting all family members to contribute to the household. In most societies children are expected to do far more than the average Aussie kid. I actually think it helps foster a sense of belonging, responsibility and family obligation. Not to mention teaching valuable life skills and confidence through self-sufficiency.
    To me those things are equally as important as school work.

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    My DS17 and DD14 have to do their rooms and the dishes/dishwasher. DD14 does the cat litter while I'm pregnant and DS17 does the bins.

    They whinge and moan about it but they do it. I had heaps of chores as a kid and I was never ever game enough to whinge! Our kids get it so easy these days!

    OP, one chore is very reasonable.


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