Shannon - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )
Shannon - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )
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SAMANTHA - posted on 02/09/2010
i have 5 yr old who is responsible for keeping his room clean and his bed made... i would say for a 9 yr old they should help around the house such as..... dishes after dinner...cleaning bathroom once a week, or maybe dusting and vaccuming...work is a great way too istill in a child that everyone in the family is a team member and it takes everyone to keep things running smoothly.plus it teaches responsibility.....for a for yr old i would say keeping his own room picked up and learning to help make his own bed is good.....thats how i did my son and now at 5 he cleans his room and makes his bed and look llike an adult has done it...he know that his room is his space and hes responsible of keeping it clean, not mommy...hes a big boy now and he need to chip in...my 2 yr old of accourse doesnt clean much but he does help pick up his toys in his room when he makes a mess... i have never cleaned everything up for them .... when they both hit 2 i new they were smart enough to start helping too clean up their toys....good luck ..i hope this was of some help/ God Bless
(Lallis) Ann - posted on 02/04/2010
Oh and they all keep their rooms clean and pick up toys...
(Lallis) Ann - posted on 02/04/2010
My boys are 12, (soon to be)10 and 8. The two youngest take out kitchen trash while the oldest tends to bathrooms/laundry room trashes plus wheels the trash barrels down to the end of the driveway on trashday. They all take turns wiping the table after meals. The 12 yr old is responsible for feeding the dogs, emptying the dishwasher when needed. My 10 yr old and 12 yr old empty the cat litter boxes. The two youngest are in charge of taking turns feeding/watering our 2 cats. They all clean their bathroom...taking turns on who does what: toilet, sink and bathtub. They all 3 fold towels when need be: 12 yr old/10 yr old folds big bath towels while 8 yr old folds hand towels/wash clothes. They all help in putting away towels and their laundry.
When needed, they take turns vacumning on weekends. The oldest uses the big vacumn cleaner while the two youngest use the stick vacumn cleaner.
I hope that helps...just remember they may not do it as well as you do it BUT they can learn to do it to the best of their ability. Keep a positive attitude and remind them "it takes a family to dirty a house, it takes a family to clean a house".
Best of luck!
Teresa - posted on 02/03/2010
My 6 year old has been feeding the dog, cleaning / picking up his room and toys, and putting away the clean silverwear. My 5 year old niece has been loading the dishwasher for almost a year! It just depends on how picky you are about how things are done. If you want it done perfectly, don't have your little guys do it!
Pam - posted on 02/03/2010
It depends upon what they have already been helping out with. Growing up my brother and I helped do all sorts of things from a young age. peeling fruit &veg, carry things, run for things, dusting, outdoor chores (watering, shoveling). Mostly no set "Chores" but everyday helping out when asked. It was a privlidge to help.
Elda (Ellie) - posted on 01/21/2010
I am an old fashioned mom. Chores are a part of life. I have five kids and each one has chores to do. I have those same ages. Lets start with the 4 yr old. Have them pick up toys and put them in the box. Make it a game starting with 4 stuffed animals because they are four. When they come back and say they are done shower them with praise, then send them back to pick up 3 more do this till you get down to 0 and then they are done. 6 yr old can do almost anything. Picking up the living room floor, wiping down the bath room(you will have to redo it of course), putting dishes away, etc. 9 yr old can do it all. Dishes, laundry, vacuum, mop, etc. There is no reason at all that they should not be able to do any of it. Praise is the key, not rewards though once they learn to do it and show they are responsible, rewards or allowance is not a bad idea. My 8 and 10 year olds even make their own lunch on the stove and sometimes even make dinner when they ask too.
Gillian - posted on 01/21/2010
the mantra in my house ids that 4 of live in it so 4 of us take care of it. my 14 year old can cook a meal and iron she is a great help to me as I am a working mum. but she has benn doin jobs since she was old enough to help. my 7 year old son takes care of his own room puts away the shopping and clears the table and empties the dishwasher. on saturday like one other ladie said he loves towash the floors and dust. I just think thst some day plaese God both my guys will be in their own homes and will need to know how to look after them.... Ps the rule is every body helps their is no payment for these jobs but extra pocket money can be earned by mowing the lawn or washing windows... I sometimes pay my daughter to iron cos it is the job in the house i really hate and she gets to earn a little extra pin money...whick lets face it I would end up giving her anyway. my 7 year old also helps on the farm and if we have orphan lambs they are given the responsibily of minding them and they get to keep the profit. last year my son told us he didnt want the profit from the sale of the lamb he wanted to keep it to breed from it himself to start his own flock......
DEBBIE - posted on 01/20/2010
I have a 4 year old boy who amazes me at what he can clen or pick up. same with my 2 year old daughter. clean off the table. put away clothes. pick up all there toys and mabe even mop or at lest try.Good for you that you are having them to do chores.
Victoria - posted on 01/19/2010
My kids are 8, 6 & 4. They put garbage & recycle bins to the curb on garbage day & bring the empty ones back in. They set & clear the table, putting things away in the fridge and such, they also take turns to feed the dog. They tidy their own bath room, they help put away their laundry, they make their own beds & keep their rooms tidy as well as the family room where they have a lot of their toys and games. My oldest also helps with the sorting of the laundry as well as vacuuming every now and then. Sometimes they do more and other times just the certain things that are set out as their weekly jobs.
Anne - posted on 01/19/2010
Do any of your children show an interest in a particular activity, that could be incorporated into the chores. When our oldest was about 8 she wanted to learn to cook, so she started helping WITH A LOT of supervision to cook dinner. This became a life long passion. You have been given great ideas. I would caution you on one thing I did, as much as possible do not redo the work. If their beds are not perfect, just know that if they are really trying, and not just trying to get the work done so they can do what they want, that with time and practice each chore will be completed better and better with time. I hop this has helped. Remember that even if they complain you are a good mom for teaching them how to and then expecting them to do their chores.
Heather - posted on 01/19/2010
My boys are 7 and 5. They are in charge of cleaning their room (including the vacuuming), folding and putting away their clean clothes, they wash the dishes twice a week (the 7 year old washes and the 5 year old rinses), they feed the pets, they help take out the trash, and scrub the kitchen floor. The kitchen floor is more for fun then anything. I sweep it then give them a bucket of water and two scrub brushes or sponges and they have a blast! Then when they are done playing around I point out any spots they missed and then get out the mop and mop up the water. Your 9 year old could probably do that.
Cindy - posted on 01/19/2010
The nine yr can pretty do much more then the other 2 kids. Of course they all can pick up there room and make sure things are back where they got it from. Your 9 and 6 yr could help you separate the clothes before you wash them, they can take trash out, and I know your 9 yr could vacuum too. as for the 4 yr my son is the same age and he cleans his room and if he has any toys or other stuff that is his I make him pick that stuff up. When I do clothes I will let him help me put the clothes in the dryer or even tell him what clothes to help me put in the washing machine. He also like to help me put the pots and pans away too. My son will also take the feather duster and dust my tables and the stuff low down (yeah he may miss some spots, but every Lil bit helps).
Angela - posted on 01/19/2010
you should read the book 1-2-3 its magic it talks about creative discipline and other creative ideas just thought maybe it would give you ideas to use in other parts of life like chores. I dont think doing the trash or dishes are too much for 9yrs old or picking up dog mess if you have a dog.. and 6 well maybe like sweeping the floors or cleaning up the plates at dinner and helping the older one with dishes or dusting lightly with a damp washcloth or something.. 4yrs def cleaning up their own toys, well all of them can do that. I bet which ever network supernanny or nanny 911 is on would have Tons of creative ideas and ways to implement them.