My daughter's been doing some version of chores since she could pick stuff up... Started with helping me put her toys in the box (age 1-2). I slowly added things over the years, so now (almost 11), she helps with dusting, vacuuming, dishes, & the cooking. She also has to keep her bed made, room picked up, laundry put away, and shares the bathroom cleaning with her older sister & brother. She'll take out garbage & recycling (sometimes, before we can even ask her to!), & will help pick up dog poo. She is also in charge of all marinades ("Papa" has been cooking with her since she was 2). We pay allowance, too, but it is separate from chores. We believe chores are done because you are a member of this family; no fun (computer, friends, tv, phone, etc) until chores are done, but I do pay a bonus if they get them done without hassles, and before a certain time each week.
Lisa - posted on 08/16/2010
I find most kids have at least 3 chores by the time they are ten. When my daughter was 9 she fed the animals at suppertime, tidied her room twice a week and helped me with the dishes. Now that she's 11, she still does those things, plus puts away her own laundry, vacuums the carpets and walks the dog. I think I'll impliment the litter boxes soon. : o lol
Kim - posted on 07/21/2010
We have a chore chart. My ten year old girl vaccums, changes litter, does the dishes once a week, cleans the upstairs bathroom, sweeps and mops the living room, and helps with the laundry. If she doesn't do her chores then she doesn't get friend time or allowance.
Emily - posted on 11/15/2009
My 10 old has to keep her room clean, put away her laundry, vaccum and clean the litter boxes. She will also help out with dinner and dishes, but it isn't part of her regular thing. What helps her is having set days to do certain items (i.e. litter changed on Saturday, vaccum on Sunday). She knows that she won't get to do what she wants until those chores are done.
Sami - posted on 02/10/2009
My 9 year old has had chores for some time now. She started off small when she was 3. Now at 9 her chores are:
cleaning room, taking out trash & replacing the bag, putting the dishes away, folding & putting her clothes away, sometime taking the clothes out of the washer and putting another load in, feeding the dogs, keeping her bathroom tidy....
I have to switch it up sometime so she wont get bored with it. so her chores during the week are in a jar with popsicle sticks in it with the weekly chores written on them... including those special days off popsicle sticks... She loves that everyday is a different chore so it keeps her excited about doing them...
Daria - posted on 01/29/2009
That sounds great. I printed up a calendar with daily chores like bringing down the laundry, putting away clean dishes, putting away clean clothes, cleaning the toilet (with cleaners and small sized rubber gloves), helping to take care of hampster. The idea is to earn weekly points for chores done. Reward = a trip to Boston Pizza. Problem - this is all so new, having trouble implementing.
Bernadette - posted on 01/18/2009
My 9 year old daughter is responsible for keeping her bedroom and bathroom tidy (I do the cleaning that requires using cleaning solutions) ....that includes emptying her trash, vacuuming her floor and bringing her laundry down to be washed, once a week. She has to fold and put away her laundry, set the table for dinner, help feed the pets and she helps put away dishes/silverware.
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