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 coatPut shoes awayPut their dirty clothes in a hamperPut their toys away Hang up backpackClean their room pretty independentlyMake their bedDo their laundry with helpSwitch wet clean laundry into dryerPut away folded laundryPut clean socks into ballsDo their laundry pretty independentlyFold their clean clothesChange their bed sheetsHelping cook:Help with meal prepHelp stirHelp wash vegetables Dumping a bowl of cut items into another bowl or a panStir at the stove with supervisionCook for the family with helpMake lunchCook for the family with little helpCook once or twice a week following a familiar plan/recipe
Helping clean up in the kitchen: Wipe sinkPut napkins on tableClear table (maybe use a “bus bin”)Put away silverware Put dirty dishes in a “bus bin” Take dirty dishes to sinkSet table properlyPlace dirty dishes in dishwasherRinse dish before putting it into the dishwasherWash dishes in sinkUnload dishwasher with some helpWash dishes and run dishwasherEmpty the dish drain with helpWash dishesClean kitchen with helpMop floor of kitchen
Other cleaning jobs:Dust furnitureWipe bathroom sink and counter (even with water)Sweep their room, or vacuum with helpClean toilet with glovesWash 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 basketsPut pet food in dish with help Water plantsBrush animalsBring in the mailBring in a light bag of groceriesHelp with light yard workEmpty their trash into a larger bag to take outChange animal water bowlPull weedsRake leavesUse a list to retrieve certain grocery items when you're all at the storeAnything 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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