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Chores 4-8 Year Olds Can Do

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 13-08-2007

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Now that you’ve established an allowance for your little darling, you may consider developing a list of chores for your child.

Experts differ on whether an allowance should be given as a reward for chores or if an allowance is a separate thing because chores are just part of the responsibility of being in a family. Whichever way your philosophy falls, now is a good time to consider drawing up a list of chores for your child, if only to start teaching the idea of shared responsibility. You might find yourself re-doing some work and spending more time than you’re supposed to be saving by “out-sourcing” your work to your child.

Many experts say that chores are good for kids for several reasons:

  • Chores teach independence.
  • Chores build self-esteem by teaching kids the value of helping.
  • Chores teach kids that sometimes you have do things you don’t want to do.

Here are some things that might go on that chore list:

  • Making their beds
  • Helping empty the dishwasher
  • Folding towels
  • Helping wash the car
  • Helping wash patio furniture
  • Setting or clearing the table
  • Simple dusting
  • Retrieving the mail
  • Helping carry and put away groceries
  • Helping rake the yard
  • Watering plants
  • Sorting socks
  • Emptying wastebaskets
  • Feeding dog, cat, or fish
  • Sweeping the kitchen or porch
  • Practicing piano or other musical instrument

Make sure you monitor how great your child’s workload is. Don’t pile on too much extra work if he or she is already over-scheduled on activities.

GreatDad is partnering with  ActiveAllowance.com to provide free chore charts for GreatDad readers.