It’s amazing how messy the house can get when everyone’s at work and school all day isn’t it! I’ve previously blogged some time-saving housework hacks for mums, but I also believe in getting all family members doing their bit.
After a day at work, doing the school run and ferrying the child to her clubs, I really don’t feel like coming home and doing loads of housework so I make everyone chip in – if you live here and make a mess then you help clean it up. Luckily the husband is quite good at helping but Little H needs a bit more persuading most of the time.
I don’t agree with making children do loads of chores, or in paying them to do them, but I do think kids should tidy up after themselves. Getting children into the habit of helping around the house at a young age makes it so much easier as it just becomes second nature.
It’s also very good to use as bribery which I’m definitely not against!
Here’s my list of 10 household chores for 7 year olds (and probably younger kids too)…
Chores for 7 year olds
- Put their toys and books away
- Pick dirty clothes up off the floor and put in the laundry bin
- Put their school shoes, bag and coat away
- Feed their pet
- Set the table for dinner
- Carry rubbish out to the bin
- Water the flowers
- Help to put the food shopping away
- Pick up the mail off the mat
- Help to hang washing on the line
- Replace empty toilet rolls
Do your kids do any of these chores? Do they do any that aren’t on my list?
If you want to incentivise your kids to do chores to help around the house, this hanging chore chart with stars is a great idea to keep them motivated.
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