Have you ever looked around at your kids and thought “what are you doing to pull your weight around here?” Ever wondered what daily chores for kids looks like? Here are some chore ideas by age for you!
At what age should children start chores and allowances?
In my personal opinion, I don’t think kids should be getting allowances for general chores. My kids currently are 7, 4 and 13 months (twins) and we do not do allowance. I truly feel that kids should be doing chores because that’s what you do in a family – you help out and take responsibility for your stuff.
My oldest is 7 and we do not to allowances. However, when he’s a little older, we will offer allowances for daily chores that aren’t already his responsibility and for things he hasn’t been asked to do.
Now don’t get it twisted – this does not mean my kids enjoy doing the chores. Like, at all. They hate it. But it gets done and we move on.
Benefits of daily chores
- Kids learn the sense of accomplishment.
- Teach independence.
- Your house is (theoretically) cleaner.
- Builds on their work ethic.
- Kids learn a sense of teamwork and pitching in.
- Less work for you!
You’re not going to find actual chore charts here because everyone’s chores are different. Everyone’s end goal and reward is different, but I will give you some chore chart ideas by age!
Originally, I was going to sort these chores by age but as I started listing them, I realized that this really depends on your kiddos’ ability, patience, experience, temperament, etc. So I am just listing these chore chart ideas and you can pick and choose what you think will work for daily chores for kids.
Daily chores for kids
- Put away laundry
- Sort laundry
- Load/start dishwasher
- Make bed
- Clean play room
- Clean bedroom
- Clean out the car
- Put away groceries
- Help make lunch/dinner
- Make school lunch
- Take care of their bathroom
- Restock diapers (if they have younger siblings)
- Clean up dog poop
- Clean out litter box
- Put away dishes
Let me know in the comments! Do you have daily chores? What are they? Anything I should add to my list?