how do you feel about 6 yr olds having chores?

Cayla - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 630 moms have responded )

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me and my husband have been wondering if giving our 6 yr old chores that are for his age and having a chore chart and when he does that chore with out issue giving him a sticker and at the end of the week if he gets all stickers he will get a prize of some sort. we have been having issues with him not picking up after him self or helping us out when its time to clean up at night. so what are your thoughts on this?

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Chelle - posted on 05/10/2010

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I see nothing wrong with that idea and have always been a fan of the sticker chart- work up to a reward idea- much better if you can get them doing something for the gratification of getting another sticker than actually getting a present every time. Spose thats the main thing to be mindful of, what they might come to expect and doing things only to get something.

My little man who is now 18 mths has always been mummys helper and gets a real kick out of it. He has a number of little jobs we get him to do around the house- refill the toilet roll cylinder, put his dirty clothes in his wash basket, his clean clothes in his clothes box to wear again, helps pick up the nappies once i have folded them and has always been taken through the ritual since walking- to pack up his toys before his day time nap as well as his big sleep. Even if he does not do all of them, he is always made to do a percentage as i think its important for him to realise he cant just make a mess and expect someone else to pack it up for him. We used to also get him to post the recycling into the bin, but then he became TOO fond of posting hehe

Patricia - posted on 05/24/2010

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I had a star system on a calendar for chores and a happy face system for good behavior. but that was when they were very young, like for night time dryness). Helping to clean up was a given and did not come with rewards as every house hold member was to pitch in...at 4 years old they were helping with the glass (stereo glass and mirrors) and they were drying dishes. I would go into thier rooms to clean but would hand them one article at a time and tell them where to put it until they remembered on their own. It came with much praise the reward was a big hug. By the time they were 6 I got them a 5 paper - paper route (which I did with them). Some times to speed them up I would offer doughnuts or at chiristmas it was egg nog.

Christy - posted on 05/21/2010

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Its a great idea. It teaches them to be more responsible in life when they find out at an early age that you must take care of yourself & your belongings. As for the stickers, it too is a good idea, try making the stickers worth money ( if you can ) that way he also learns to work to earn money & to save if he wants something special. I know. I have a 17 year old who thinks he should get everything for doing nothing, and a 9 year old who does chores around the house for a little money & then has to save it til he has enough to buy something extra he wants....BIG DIFFERENCE

Latasha - posted on 05/21/2010

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i say the younger the better and the more responsible they become in life,my mom always said if u put it down never say you cant pick it up lol no matter how old you are.I applaud all parents who finds this to be a very positive things ,,i know it is for me and my kids cause it also gives us family time cause we all do it together,they have chores , i have chores,and daddy has chores so we sing the barney clean up song which my husband says is getting old so now we make up cleaning songs as we go!!!! cant wait to hear the cleaning song for today!!!!

Cathy - posted on 05/20/2010

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I have and eight year old boy and a 2 1/2 year old boy. The older one does have a set of chores that are his responsibility. That's what it's about, responsibility. Our 2 1/2 year old even has to pick up after himself. Now the chores range from picking up his toys to making his bed and taking care of the household animals. As he gets older his chores will increase. It's all about helping the family and learning responsibility. They don't have to start vacuuming the house, but those little things make them feel big and it's a teaching opportunity.

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Tiffany - posted on 10/20/2011

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@Tracey McKinney Have you talked it over with your husband? The issue may be that he was made to do a lot when he was younger and felt he had no time to do what he wanted. I could be wrong however. I suggest you just talk to him calmly and try to figure out why. Maybe come up with a few things that will suit your kids chores. Maybe start out slow with giving them only one or two things around the house (still regarding your husband) so that he sees that you really aren't trying to take their fun times away but just getting them to help some. Good luck though. All in all, I think it is a good idea as they then learn that you really can't get what you want by doing nothing. And they won't get spoiled and think that everything needs to be handed to them.

Tracey - posted on 10/20/2011

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I believe children that grow up in homes without the expectancy to help around the house causes strife in the home and the parents wind up working a full-time job, coming home cooking AND cleaning with little to no help. I believe chores builds work ethic in children, bring families closer, and develop compassion in our children. I believe these these behaviors are taken with them into adulthood. Most people work for money; however, if you raise your children without the expectancy for them to help around the house, they take that same expectancy into the workforce. They want to do as little as possible to get what they want. They expect other people to pay for it, without having to do anything in return. They usually spend money on frivolous things and go back and ask for more. I have my 6 and 4 year old doing chores. I make them suffer natural consequences for things. For example, my 6-year old lost two scooters due to negligence. Therefore, if he wants another scooter, he has to use his money to pay for it. If he checks out books from the library and doesn't put them away, he has to pay for it. I believe the earlier you start children at helping around the house, the easier it will be in the teenage years to get them to WANT to help. The problem comes in when the parents cannot agree on this issue, which is the problem I have. My husband doesn't want the kids to work for anything, but I do. How do you deal with that?

Donna - posted on 06/26/2011

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My daughter is 3 and has two chores per day. After nap she can earn a sweet if she cleans her room. After dinner is when her second chore is scheduled. She can earn a 'show' when she picks up her playroom. If she doesn't do her chore, she doesn't earn her reward. Soon I'll start timing her, since she should soon understand time a little better. I've read that teaching responsibility can begin as early as 2.

Shiron - posted on 05/18/2011

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My kids help me with the chores all the time. And the fact that they are able to help me makes them happy and eventually started doing things without having to be asked. I think that is the best idea ever. It's a win win situation. You get a little help and they learn responsibility at an early age.

Bethany - posted on 04/24/2011

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I know this is an old conversation thread, but it's a good one. My 2 year old has "chores" and it's called helping and her reward is praise and encouragment. She can't watch TV unless all of her toys are packed away properly, so she usually ends up not watching TV, but playing with what she's packing. I help her remember where all the things go, but she does the work. She puts her cutlery on the table for dinner and puts her plate and cup in the sink after dinner. If she spills something, she wipes it up herself. She hands me the pegs and picks up things I drop when we're hanging out the laundry. It's just little things, but she is a part of the family and a family needs to work together. I'll never pay her, stickers or money or toys, to do things that the family just needs done to run smoothly. I can't see the point. Luckily, we've started early, so it's not something she'll need to be coerced into. She's just a helpful, nice little kid. May not work with all kids.

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/24/2011

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i think its awsome your introducing chores.i know a 4 year old that picks up all his toys before bed and gets his next day outfit ready before bed...and the prize chart is great too.

Chrissie - posted on 04/24/2011

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My son just turned 5 and has had chores for a while. It is his job to pick up his toys and take them to his room, and to pick up his room before bed time. He get's a quarter if he is does it on his own. He has also started making his bed. It gives him a great sense of pride and accomplishment when it is done and his dad and I say "Good job buddy!". Granted, his room is not spotless, he misses toys here and there, and his bed is not made the way I make it, but the point is he tries, and we are consistent.

Bri - posted on 04/11/2011

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great idea. i plan on doing the same with my daughter. as long as the chore is reasonably for their age, it's a great idea.

Erica - posted on 03/27/2011

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Giving your son chores is a great idea. My daughter is 6 and my son is 8 and they have chores. I have had my kids cleaning up after themselves since they were toddlers. My daughter is great at cleaning. She gets up everyday and makes her bed (and good too). She is in charge of cleaning the playroom and her bedroom. My son has to take out the trash every night, clean his room, and keep their bathroom clean. I see no problem in having them do chores. It teaches them to be responsible as well as taking pride in the home we live in, the things we have, and best of all their toys. I started out with a chart when both my kids were between 2-3; it was similar to your chart. Every Friday they looked forward to getting that special treat regardless if it was a hot wheel for my son or a pack of stickers for my daughter. Plus they felt proud of themselves in the fact that they could keep their rooms clean for an entire week. To this day we still use the chart with updated prizes meaning money lol. My kids also know that if their are consequences for not doing their chores such as my son not getting his dsi, wii, or xbox for the week or my daughter not being able to go over to her friends and play for the day. I find that when you take a way something they really love they are more willing to do it. However I don't advise that with kids younger than 5 because it doesn't work. My best advice is to just keep working with him everyday on cleaning up his toys and reminding him daily that this is what you get when you help out around the house, and eventually he'll do it on his own. We as parents sometimes underestimate what our kids are capable of. Just keep following through with what your doing and good luck.

Shannon - posted on 03/27/2011

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My 6 year old has chores and he dosn't always do them eaither but I like your idea of a chore chart and stickers and if he gets the chart filled up to get him a pize of his choice at walmart or wherever . We usually just give my son money which my husband gives him way to much expesially being he dont do his chores most the time . I am gonna try your way and see if maybe that works . But yes 6 year olds should have responsibilitys my 3 year old even has simple chores

Rebecca - posted on 03/27/2011

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absolutly my 2.5 and 4 year olds have to clean up their room and they help me setting and clearing the table they find it fun i tell them that big girls help mummy in the house and daddy will get them something from the shop if they do and sometimes i dont have to ask my 4 yr old she just does it. i think this is a way in discipline doing things at a certain time every day is a very good routine for them

Ashleigh Jade - posted on 03/25/2011

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I think children should have chores, aslong as they are age suitable. My 2 eldest (aged 4 and 2) have chores such as putting away their clothes in their draws and picking up their toys.

Kelli - posted on 03/11/2011

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i have a six year old she will be seven and i give her chores to do and i think a chore chart is a good idea in school we have had to charts with her to keep her on task and a little reward is not a bad thing

Cristina - posted on 08/05/2010

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I think it's a good idea. It teaches responsibilities and to pick up after theirselves. My daughter is almost 3 and she has age appropriate chores like picking up the toys and putting her dishes in the kitchen and stuff like that. She loves helping out anyway. I think the board and stickers is a good idea.

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My daughter is three and i've stared teaching her to put away things. Her kindrgarden was the one that really started it. Every day they do tidy up time with a song and i've just started to do the same. You'd be surprised at how quickly they pick it up. She puts away her pj's, the other she knocked over her play dough and just stated singing tidy up time and picking it up. I was so impressed. Also She loves mary poppins and sings her songs about cleaning up. i don't think there's a need for a reward chart, why are you rewarding then for keeping the house where they live clean. Once you give them plenty of over exaggerated praise afterwards, they're happy with that. A reward should be for something that is earned not for a simple task to help with the running of the house. I would love a reward for all the things i do.

Heather - posted on 08/05/2010

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It depends on his personality (and yours)! (See Personality Plus book or similar to check out the 4 basic personality types and The Five Love Language book ( G Chapman ).
I had one son who loved stickers and charts etc and one who thought it was BOOORING. I found that my other son would happily do chores if he was rewarded with a cuddle or something done WITH me. Once I realised that organising of and rewarding for chores needed to be appropriate to their personality and love language it worked fantastically! Good on you for simple house hold participation (chores) for your son.

Mary "Jeana" - posted on 08/05/2010

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I say Go for it! As long as it is age appropriate. It will teach him/her responsibility.

Melissa - posted on 06/13/2010

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My son is 4, and although he doesn't have a "chore list", he is expected to clean up after himself and help out a little bit with various small daily chores. He puts his dishes in the sink and napkin in the trash after each meal, runs the swiffer sweeper vac daily, and picks up his toys before bed every day. He doesn't usually give me a problem about any of it. He actually enjoys the sense of accomplishment, loves being able to help me out, and sometimes even asks to do the dishes (he loves to play in the water) or wipe off the table! I think if you start them out with some small responsibilities when they are young, you won't have as much of a problem introducing other chores as they get older. He does have a sticker sheet where he gets stickers for doing his preschool work (we are home preschooling him), helping out around the house, learning something new, doing something nice for someone, etc. When he starts a new sheet, he decides what his reward will be when it's full.

Deanna - posted on 06/11/2010

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My 4 yr old has chores (make bed, pick up toys before nap/bed, dust, if you make a mess, you clean it) that she is expected to do and they are just a normal part of her routine. My 21 month old helps unload the diswasher.

You can start with a chart but once he's is into doing things I would gradually get rid of it. Otherwise, he will always expect a reward for dooing something.

Brenda - posted on 06/07/2010

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my daughter is four and she has chores that include clearing her plate off the table when she is done eating and picking up her room every-night before bed and as she get older we will add more chores just see what works for you and you're family

Salena - posted on 06/07/2010

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I think its a great idea, it helps teach them responsibility. My son is 4 and he has been doing chores since he was 2...it started out with just helping cleanup his toys, but now he puts his dirty clothes in the laundry room, cleans his room and playroom, starts the dishwasher, and helps me load the dishwasher

Norma - posted on 06/03/2010

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i think the earlier you teach them to be responsible and helpful around the house hold the better. my dauhter is only 23 months old but i have her clean up things after herself whene ever i get the chance

Kerry - posted on 06/03/2010

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my son is five and i will ask him to tidy up after him self i tell him if there is anything left it will go in the bin and all we do if he has tided up all of his toys he gats a high five and an extrea story at bed time we did do the sticker chart but for us it did not work after 3 days so we reward after the job is done and his sister is following what he is doing they fight who is the best at tiding up good luck to you i hope this has helped

Laura - posted on 05/31/2010

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My daughters are 6 and 7, I would love to start given them chores. Because when I tell ether one to help clean up a room they only start picking up whatever is theirs. It really bugs me!! GOOD LUCK!!!

Sally - posted on 05/31/2010

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My 6 y/o has always been a self-starter and I have been very blessed both with her interest in school and in chores. I don't have a reward system in place for her because she sees joy in wanting to be "big" and independent. To broaden her horizon, I have incorporated a dollar item for 7 good deeds to help others over a period of several days. These things included helping her teacher put things away for the summer, putting on her good Sunday dress to visit Grandpa in the hospital, going above and beyond when helping her younger sister with different tasks without being asked, doing her chores and bedtime routines without being asked or prompted. I gave her a ring that cost $1 and told her that now that she has it she is to continue doing the good deeds and this ring will remind her to keep up the good work. That means a lot to her and at some point I will do it again but it really isn't an ongoing thing "I've done my deeds/ where is my treat".



My 5 y/o is more challenging. She manipulates people into doing things for her and we all have to watch that. With her I may do a chart this summer and incorporate stickers or marbles or M&M's. I hear one of those goes a long way. I have been told that when the kids come to the breakfast table the beds should be made, dirty clothes to the hamper, and morning toys and messes picked up with dirty dishes to the sink when they can claim their M&M for the morning. I may take that idea and amend it to fit our summer schedule whatever that may be. But I will probably do stickers for all of those other chorsey things like sweeping and unloading the dishwasher and dusting and toy pick-up and putting clean clothes away, etc.



My kids enjoy washing things with a washcloth and a little soapy dishwater like wash the table top, legs and chairs, also baseboards and bottom cabinet doors. Who'da thunk? If they love to paint, what better way to reward them after sweeping the patio and organizing outdoor toys than to put down gigantic color sheets and let them use fingerpaints.

Cyndel - posted on 05/30/2010

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My son is 2.5, he doesn't have a list of chores yet, though that will come. He helps me with my chores, getting laundry out of the drier, taking them from the washer to the dryer, etc. He puts his toys away every night, and usually before his nap with my help. I have to keep on him or he will get distracted.
My opinion on chores is this. Kids need responsibility, all play and no work or responsibility is not the way to prepare a child for adulthood. We raise our children to let them go and make their own way in the world. A child of six should be learning that he is a part of a whole, at first that is your family unit, then the community, then the world. And he has a responsibility to help make that whole run smoothly and peacefully. To do that he needs to clean up after himself, and help others clean up group or even personal messes. Clean up after dinner, let him help put up paints, crafts, his own clean clothes and shoes, help clean up after a very young sibling, one who isn't able to clean up at all or alone.
Chores, in my opinion, are very neccesary, or he may grow up expecting everything to be done for him, or become depressed and discouraged when responsibility is suddenly laid upon his unprepared shoulders. I believe this is one reason we have such trouble with men not taking on the responsibilities they should, because they aren't taught young that responsibility is a good thing that should be embraced and not shunned. Boys need to be taught young the joy that comes from serving others and putting family before themselves, before their pleasures, before their desires, even before their carriers.
Many of the problems of our society is because, we the mothers of the men have coddled them and allowed them to be boys for far to long. We have to many boys who can shave, are married and have children. They then break their marriage, hurt their wife, and abandon their children. It isn't just the men's fault, their mothers and wives and girlfriends coddle them and allow them to remain boys for far to long. There is equal guilt.
Ok, sorry for my tirade this is one of my largest soap boxes, I could go on for hours, but I'm done. Hope this gives you a perspective to consider.

Gina - posted on 05/30/2010

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I am a single mom of 3 and I also babysit 4 other kids. all kids are 6 and under. my oldest 2 kids who just turned 5 and 6 this month both have their little clean-up duties but they also both have one nigh chore each that they both asked for on their own. my 6 year old boy asked me one day about a year ago to teach him how to fold laundry and since then he always asking to fold it. and man can that kid fold. and my 5 year old girl asked one day a few months ago to do dishes. she's slow at it but she's good and enjoys it. she only does the small stuff and I do the big and glass stuff but she does the easy dishes almost everyday. I didn't make them learn them and I don't make them do these chores either but they want to do them and I am not gonna say no to the extra help. especially on major chores. lol.i think that as long as the chores are small any kid can have chores. when to start bigger chores should be dependent upon the kid. they want to learn how to clean a toilet show them, if they want to try it let them, if they are good at it and willing to have it as a chore do it. just remember to make sure that there is some form of reward for doing their chores and some form of consequence for not doing it.

Siobhan - posted on 05/29/2010

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I think its a good idea, it helps them be responsible for picking up after themselves and things like that and not only that it makes them feel they are making a contribution to the household, especially if there is some kind of reward involved!

Kelly - posted on 05/29/2010

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That is exactly what I do with my children I keep a chart and when they do what is asked without fighting then they get a smiley face at the end of the week they get a quarter for each smiley then when the ice cream truck comes round and they always ask they are able to buy their own and they feel so proud of themselves for being able to do it

Keva - posted on 05/28/2010

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Yes giving children, at that age, chores will give them a sense of responsibilty (and importance) and will also help build character that one should not be afraid of work (especially if it is to help keep home clean)

Krystle - posted on 05/27/2010

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My 5yr old has a chore chart too he has 5 things to do, if he doesnt do it then he doesnt get the reward at end of the week

Patricia - posted on 05/27/2010

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Can you believe these people? Each child has their own persoality. Though chores are not a bad thing...my daughter at 30 has a problem with her father for expecting chores...however my daughter is a person who couldnt organize herself out of a one way street...go figure. It has nothing to do with the parents or the chores. When she was little she coud make a bigger mess when asked to straighten up her room... go figure again. Now she has a problem with her father (her father and I have been divorced for 20 years and her father has been deceaced for 4 but she needs someone to blame it on. Cores...no chores...she cannot do it...she will blame someone for her inneptitude. All you can teach is a priciple the child takes over with their own personality. Just do your best. teach cleanliness, teach organization, teach pride, I just can predict that the child will always see it as that, in this world of sue your parents for abuse.

Sara - posted on 05/27/2010

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I think the earlier the better.My 3 year old has chores and we sometimes get a little resistance from him but we put our foot down and with some tears about doing it he gets it done.You just have to keep on it it will get easier.

Ella - posted on 05/27/2010

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I think it is great to start them out young letting them have a responsibility it gets them ready for all the other responsibilities they will have to deal with while growing up. Also, I already have my 4yr. old have chores

Tamara - posted on 05/27/2010

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I think its a great idea, my four and five year olds makes their beds and folds their own washing (not very well i amight add hehe but he trys) my 7 year old has to clear the table and sweep the floor at night and wash the dishes in the morning, while my 9 an 12year old do the night dishes and the 12year old hangs the washing and my 9 year old vacuums the floor, all on top of keeping their rooms tidy...
I do usually have to go around after them to fix things up, but we hope that it will teach our kinds to be clean and tidy, aswell as everybody in the house helping out with the chores, as my husband and myself both work full time so its helpful having the kids helping, and they dont mind so much anymore specially at the end of the week when they all get pocket money.. So i say go for it and be patient he will get there, maybe make it a game??? good luck :):):)

Ashley - posted on 05/26/2010

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I don't see anything wrong with that. i feel that 6 yrs. old is an appropriate age to introduce chores. It encourages many different abilities and a chore chart is the best way to reinforce appraisal. My cousin has been trying this with her daughter and she seems to get excited and motivated to watch her chore chart get filled. Her chores are obviously age appropriate: fixing her bed, cleaning her toys,etc. but her daughter wants to try to help with other things as well such as doing dishes. Obviously she can't do it herself but she'll help her daughter wash her own dishes since they're are plastic. So i say go for it!

Jessie - posted on 05/26/2010

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When my step-son visited for 6 weeks last summer (at age 4 1/2), we came up with a small list of things for him to do on a daily basis to help out around the house. Things such as: Putting his plate on the counter once he's done eating, putting his dirty clothes in his hamper, putting up his clean clothes once I folded them, putting his shoes where they go, and helping to pick up the toy mess. Each item earned him a few minutes towards playing the Leapster 2 that he is addicted to. (he is allowed to play it alll day long at his mom's, but not at our house.) He could then use the minutes that he accrued towards playing his Leapster or some other video game thing that he brought with him.
I think there is nothing wrong with asking your 6 yr old to pitch in and help out. Find what motivates him to use as a reward.. Sticker charts, prize at the end of the week sound like a good idea.

Anita - posted on 05/25/2010

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As soon as our children turned about 4 or 5, we gave them small chores to do (mostly helping us out) and increased the difficulty of the chore as they mastered different things. We have 5 of us living here (the youngest is 7 with Autism and mental retardation), and we have a chore sheet. The 7 year old is especially proud when he finishes a chore. It makes him feel "normal" and boosts his self esteem. I think, if done responsibly and remembering that they are young and things may not be perfect and you may have to do a quick touch up later, chores for younger children teaches them responsibility and helps them learn to take responsibility and teaches them life skills they will need when they grow up and go out on their own.

Anita.

Amber - posted on 05/25/2010

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absolutely! i think your ideas sound great, and it sounds like you are ready to make it fun for him...my 2 year old already 'helps' me with the dishes and putting her toys and clothes away, and putting dirty clothes in the washer (she doesn't do much with the dishes, mostly just watches and hands me a dish every now and then, but we do it together and she enjoys it more than i do). it's never too early, and remember you are starting him on habits he will need all through his life!! good luck, i'm sure you all are going to do great!

Teresa - posted on 05/25/2010

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Make cleaning simple and not too late in the evening. Maybe buy some bins and have each child put toys in each bin and then redistibute the toys in the proper place in the morning when they are not so tired. Hope this is helpful too you. Also try to make a game of it and sing while they put their stuff away :)

Cecilia - posted on 05/25/2010

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My kids have been doing things since they could walk and talk. I began with helping them clean their things up but luckily they go through the "I can do it by myself stage" and they do a great job. My son, who is six now gets into moods where he doesn't want to do it, so I've implemented the "if he does it he gets points(stickers) if he doesn't they get taken away" each chore has a set amount so he knows exactly how much he gets or loses. My six year old, although has his moments, so far is one of the few responsible kids his age or older. He still has lots of fun doing things, he just realizes the importance and value of things that need to get done. Now without asking there are days he goes beyond his chores to help out, like taking the trash out, helping his sister, separating laundry, it's a great help for me, and a great learning experience for him.

Rosey - posted on 05/25/2010

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Absolutely! My daughter did and she is now 8. With each year, I give her a little more to do. For example, when she was 7 I unloaded dishes from washer and put them in a stack for her to put where they belong and now she unloads and puts away. next year, she will probably add vacuming. you do have to expect some reluctance but stick with it because this is only the beginning.

Lisa - posted on 05/25/2010

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I think start them out when you can! I have a 17 year old that wont do anything!

Coralie - posted on 05/25/2010

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Well, My six yr old feeds our cats and if she does it all week she gets something. She also doesnt help much when its time to pick up.So i keep telling her that if she puts her toys in one area of the house. be it the living room or where ever. She then has less of a mess. i also make it a game so she wants to do it. As she nears her 7th birthday she is becoming more involved with cleaning up. But now her brother is an issue. So make a game out of it. Like a race or egg him on. Like im gonna put more toys away then you. Just a Suggestion.

Brandi - posted on 05/25/2010

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In my opinion, based on the experiences my husband and I have had with our 3 kids, its a great idea. The earlier they learn how important it is to chip in and help, the less resistence. We waited too long for our 7 year old - she refuses to help. Our 9 year old has been helping since he was 4, and our 2 year old is learning to help now.

Sally - posted on 05/25/2010

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I think that chores are good for kids. It teaches them to be responsible. They also learn the what happens when they don't take care of their own things(toys get lost or worse yet broken when someone steps on them). I'm not really big on a gift for a reward though. I would rather praise them to let them know how much I appreciate what they do. I think that if you give them gifts for doing chores, they then will always expect a gift in return for a good deed. I would rather wait until the child is older to pay them an allowance for work well done. Once they have learned the wonderful feeling of helping out and feeling proud of themself just for doing it.

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