What are some chores for preteens?
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Implementing chores for preteens is one of the best things you can do for your child. Giving kids reponsibilities not only helps you, but it also teaches them life skills. You are teaching them how to be an adult.

Most household chores can be done by a preteen. Make sure you teach them and show them what to do (this is where I rely on my checklists) and work together. The grey items are age appropriate chores that even younger kids could do, and you can see that kids at this age are extremely capable and usually willing to contribute to the family:

    Taking care of themselves:
  • Get dressed
  • Brush hair
  • Brush teeth (with supervision)
  • Tie shoes
  • Take bath or shower
  • Taking care of their stuff:

  • Hang up coat
  • Put shoes away
  • Put their dirty clothes in a hamper
  • Put their toys away
  • Hang up backpack
  • Clean their room pretty independently
  • Make their bed
  • Do their laundry with help
  • Switch wet clean laundry into dryer
  • Put away folded laundry
  • Put clean socks into balls
  • Do their laundry pretty independently
  • Fold their clean clothes
  • Change their bed sheets

  • Helping cook:
  • Help with meal prep
  • Help stir
  • Help wash vegetables
  • Dumping a bowl of cut items into another bowl or a pan
  • Stir at the stove with supervision
  • Cook for the family with help
  • Make lunch
  • Cook for the family with little help
  • Cook once or twice a week following a familiar plan/recipe
  • Helping clean up in the kitchen:

  • Wipe sink
  • Put napkins on table
  • Clear table (maybe use a “bus bin”)
  • Put away silverware
  • Put dirty dishes in a “bus bin”
  • Take dirty dishes to sink
  • Set table properly
  • Place dirty dishes in dishwasher
  • Rinse dish before putting it into the dishwasher
  • Wash dishes in sink
  • Unload dishwasher with some help
  • Wash dishes and run dishwasher
  • Empty the dish drain with help
  • Wash dishes
  • Clean kitchen with help
  • Mop floor of kitchen
  • Other cleaning jobs:

  • Dust furniture
  • Wipe bathroom sink and counter (even with water)
  • Sweep their room, or vacuum with help
  • Clean toilet with gloves
  • Wash windows with water (the trick here is teaching them to wipe the window until it's all the way dry)
  • Vacuum edges of a room
  • Other random chores for preteens:

  • Empty trash baskets
  • Put pet food in dish with help
  • Water plants
  • Brush animals
  • Bring in the mail
  • Bring in a light bag of groceries
  • Help with light yard work
  • Empty their trash into a larger bag to take out
  • Change animal water bowl
  • Pull weeds
  • Rake leaves
  • Use a list to retrieve certain grocery items when you're all at the store
  • Anything you can think of that seems right for your child!

Use these chores for preteens -- Kids at this age are on their way to becoming teenagers and are yearning to show their independence and capability. This is also a time where they want to belong to a group. Show kids that they are an asset to the family team by giving them chores that really mean something! Think of the skills your kids will have! Have fun and good luck!

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