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Vanessa - posted on 12/11/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Looking for ways to get my seven years old more responsible . Can seven year olds do chores? What kind ?

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Lindsay - posted on 12/14/2009

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My kids are 4 1/2 and 3 and they have "chores" in a sense. They are responsible for getting their rooms tidied each night before we start bedtime routines. Any toys are to be put away in the correct spot and any dirty clothes are to be taken to the laundry room. They attempt to make their bed each morning as well. They clear their own dishes from the table, scraping any excess food in the trashcan and place it in the sink. These are all small things but help me out so much in the day to not have to do them. As they get older, we will continue to add to the list. =)

Debbie - posted on 12/14/2009

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7 year olds can definitely do chores. I expect my 8 year old to make her bed, put her dirty clothes away, straighten her bedroom, put her dishes away, and she's even dusted, vacuumed, swept the kitchen floor, swept outside, picked up toys around the house, carried things up the stairs that needed to go upstairs for me, and such like that. I've expected all of those things since she was around 5 years old. The vacuuming, dusting, and sweeping though didn't happen a lot. But I have expected her bed made, room straightened up, and dirty clothes out of her room since she was 5. There are good days and bad days with this, but generally she does it, although I may need to remind her from time to time. I'd say it was because she has ADHD, but then again, I have to remind my 11 year old too and he doesn't have ADHD.

I even have my 2 year old start staightening up her toys if she's made a mess. I have to do things step by step and help her out a bit, but I'm hoping that if I start early it'll be easier when she gets older.

Deborah - posted on 12/12/2009

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I have a 7 year old daughter who is very capable of putting clothes away, folding some of the laundry (I let any of my children fold any of their own clothes that they want to-even my 3 year old, so even if it isn't an assigned chore, the capability can be developed this way). Taking out smaller items of trash, and some lighter larger ones is good. Pulling some weeds or keeping the yard clean in the summer helps a lot too. They are certainly capable of keeping their room clean--a very good responsibility to let them have, especially if you want them to do so when older. I remember my mom teaching her kids to clean bathroom fixtures at or before that age too, but I haven't gotten there yet.

Thelma - posted on 12/12/2009

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Absolutely they can do chores. Start with things that directly affect him. I have my 4 and 6 year olds taking their dishes to the trash and sink and making up their beds. I think that when the 6 year old gets a little older, I'll get him to do a little more, like empty the trash cans. We'll save cooking for when he's 10 (smile).

Claire - posted on 12/12/2009

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Yes I get my 7 year old daughter to make her bed everymorning, tidy her room if it's messy and i've just started to get her to bring her own clothes downstairs ready for the wash. If you know they can do it safely let them do it.

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