what chores should kids have at the ages 7 and 11....

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Lori - posted on 04/21/2011

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I have two kids, 8 &10. They share unloading the dishwasher. My 10 yr old puts away the glasses and plates ect. and my 8 yr old puts the plastics away and the silverware. My 10 yr old can also load the dishwasher if I find that I don't have the time for it. I have to remind him not to be in a hurry though.
Then their other usual chores are making their beds, cleaning rooms, brushing teeth, sweeping the kitchen-every other day for each kid.
And the last thing is to be happy while helping out at home. (hard 4 my son sometimes)

LaVerne - posted on 11/21/2009

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I just want my 12 yr. old to keep his room clean and take out the garbage everyday. That is his only task.

Martie - posted on 11/20/2009

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It is important to teach our children to work. This comes more natural to some moms than others. Many parents are more concerned about how many things their children have and driving them to one activity after another. When I went back to work at 50 I could not and can not believe how many young people do not know how to work but expect to be paid for doing a lousy job.



Another point is don't over correct at first. Many times mothers think I can do this faster and better myself. But think of the long term.



One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is the gift of work..

Chasity - posted on 11/20/2009

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My children are ages 7, 9, and 10 (2 girls and a boy-he's the oldest). My youngest cleans off the table & counters after dinner, dusts (all the picture frames, coffee tables and windowsills), & cleans the baseboards downstairs with a wet clothe once a week. She is also responsible for cleaning her room- making her bed, putting her dirty clothes in the hamper, picking up her toys, etc. My nine year old sweeps after dinner, takes out the recycling bin to the big container outside and then takes the container to the curb on pickup day and brings it back to the garage after pickup's done. She is also in charge of vacuuming out upstairs game room once a week.She has a 3 month old puppy that she also has to feed and give water to every day, take her out to potty after every feeding and nap, and bathe and blow-dry her when it's needed. She's also expected to keep her room clean in the same way her sister is. My son, being the oldest at almost 11 has more responsibility (that I will of course divide up when his sisters get older). He vacuums the downstairs living and dining room, is in charge of trash take out and distribution, the downstairs restroom and the kids restroom (toilets, sinks, tubs, sweeping). He is also expected to clean his room the same as his sisters. My kids do not receive an allowance. However, we do take a family vacation to Disney World 1-2 times a year, EVERY year. I keep track of all the jobs they do around the house and how well they do them (and if they do them without being reminded)on a clipboard chore chart. When we are at Disney World, the amount of work and the quality of it factors into how much each child is allotted as their souvenir money on top of what they manage to save on their own (birthday, Christmas or report card-from their aunt & uncle-money). Needless to say, they look forward to these trips and know that their "payment" will be considerable greater for a job done and done right.

Cara - posted on 11/18/2009

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Children that age have the ability to do almost any household chore. May not be to our standards, but they can. We have a weekly chore day for my kids (3 1/2, 6, 6, 7). Here are the four chore lists that rotate weekly (whichever chore the 3 yo has I do have to help him) #1 clean kids bathroom including floors and tub, #2 clean guest bathroom mop floor and hall, #3 vaccuum living, family floors and playroom rug and dust main floor, #4 sweep and mop kitchen, dining room, and playroom. There are addition chores like poop scoop yard, vaccuum 2nd floor, dust second floor, clean windows etc that are all extra chores they can do to earn money. Each chore and the pay is listed on a paper so there is no confusion. These 'pay chores' can not be done until their room is clean and their mandatory chore is done. Children are also expected to help clear the table after meals, keep their rooms clean and put their own clothes away after their laundry is done.

Krista - posted on 11/18/2009

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My children rotate chores each week sharing the dishes, bathroom, garbage and what I call "slave" duty (sweeping and tidying) They are 13, 11, 10, and 9. Once a week we all participate in vaccuuming, dusting, mopping and window washing. Their reward is being able to feel good about contributing to their family. Basically, if it's a chore and it needs to be done, a 7 and 11 year old are perfectly capable of doing it, despite their best efforts to convince you otherwise ;)

Heather - posted on 11/17/2009

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My 7 year old is in charge of cleaning his room and the craft room, including vacuuming. He also washes dishes twice a week, and clears the table after supper. He also feeds the cats and cleans up the living room. He also cleans the kitchen floor, after I sweep it. I give him and my 5 year old a bucket of water and some sponges and they go to town. About an hour later they are out of water and the floor is more then likely clean. I just go through and mop up the water. :) They also put away their own clothes and fold blankets. And make their beds each morning.

The only reward I do is that if they do their chores they can stay up until 8, if they don't do their chores they go to bed at 7:30.

Helen - posted on 11/17/2009

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I washed dishes at about 5-6( it took forever because i thought it was fun, so as long as you dont mind them playing in the water this would be good) Vacuming and sweeping. If you have any plants, it would be a good idea for them to take care of them. My mom let me trim the ferns at .

Victoria - posted on 11/16/2009

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Quoting Tina:

My seven year son is awesome when it comes to chores. But my 11 daughter...granted she keeps are room clean...getting her to do other things is a battle...


With our daughter's we have an alloted allowence $10 a week each, if they don't do their chores or any part of them then their allowence is reduced accordingly & times they haven't done any of their chores with out a valied reason (sickness, away at nanny's etc...) they have it completely taken away that week. This has really made a difference for the older 2, the youngest being 4 doesn't quite understand about money's value yet. With the older 2 they are set on saving for certain things & know that if they don't get "paid" one week, then it's that much longer to get the thing they desire. I've also noticed a new generosity with them all. For instance their school filled boxes for a charity ministry called "Opperation Christmas" and they all ask to use their own allowence that thay had saved to fill their own boxes with gifts for the kids. I've also seen them pool together to take a friend to the movies and such, it's such a blessing to see.

Victoria - posted on 11/16/2009

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All three of my daughter do chores around the house. They tidy their bedrooms, make their own beds (the youngest 4 with a little help from her sisters 6 & 8), they tidy their toys up in the family room. They also put the garbage & recycle at the curb on garbage day & bring in the emptied bins. They also set the table at supper time & clear it off after on the days we all sit at the main dinning table together. The 3 of them usually do pretty good working together to get done whatever has to be done. My oldest has started asking to vacuum and occasionally we let her. They also help put their own laundry away. The oldest wants to start doing the laundry, but I'm not quite ready to let her do that, sometimes they take turns in helping me unload the dish washer. Once again my kids are 4, 6 (almost) & 8.

Tina - posted on 11/16/2009

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My seven year son is awesome when it comes to chores. But my 11 daughter...granted she keeps are room clean...getting her to do other things is a battle...

Jennifer - posted on 11/16/2009

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My son is 7 year old son cleans off the kitchen table and counters. He also makes his bed and cleans up his room. vaccuming and all. He also puts shoes away in the entryway. My 12 year old daughter cleans her room then picks up the living room vacumming and dusting. Folds blankets. Then my 12 and 14 year old daughters switch on cleaning there bathroom and taking out the trash. They do this everyday so it only takes them 15 minutes a day. Not much to do if done everyday.

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