There is no doubt in my mind that daily chores are
an absolute must for raising responsible children.
Work is a good thing.
Work is a necessity for all of us.
Charts are good because everyone needs to know what is expected from them and it keeps the boss (mom or dad) focused and on track.
The Zone Chore Chart is what works best for us. We have each younger child matched up with an older child for a few reasons:
- The older ones can train the younger ones how to do it right.
- Working together nurtures relationships and/or shows character issues that need to be worked on.
- The older ones learn how to be patient and teach.
- The older ones ‘inspect’ the younger one’s work.
I swap ‘work teams’ twice a year so everyone gets to work with everyone else. Except for me, I keep the 3 year old by my side as my helper!
We change work Zones each month.
Each team is responsible for their zone each day. We usually have a work zone time in the morning, and then in the afternoon.
Click the link below to see how I have the zones divided.
To make your own Zone Chore Chart, just divide your home into zones. Go to each zone and make a list of what needs to be done daily, weekly and monthly. Assign who will work which zone when.
May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Disclaimer: Every family is different. Children within a single family are different. Families have different seasons of life. So when referring to any chore chart use your own discretion and remember it is simply a guideline.
2-3 Year Old
At this age it is mostly about encouraging a good attitude as they work along side of you. Make sure they do not hear YOU complain about the work; your attitude is contagious!
Do everything without complaining or arguing…
- Make the Bed
- Pick Up Toys
- Feed and Water Pets
- Dust -without cleaners
- Mop in areas with help.
- Mommy’s Helper- “bring mommy a diaper”
- Putting Clothes in the Hamper
- Fold Washcloths
- Match Socks
- Carry Lightweight Groceries in from Car
Ages 4 and 5
All of the above but slowly give them more freedom in doing the chores without you by their side. As they get older expect them to improve on their ability to do it well. You are still focusing on a cheerful attitude.
- All the above
- Wash Dishes
- Take Trash Out
- Fold and Put Laundry Away
- Set and Clear the Table
- All the above
- Wash Car
- Vacuum Car
- Wash Windows
- Help Prepare Meals
- Clean the Bathroom
- Yard Work – Mow, Weed,
- Wash/Dry Clothes
By 13 most children should be able to any of the jobs in the house, and do them well.
Start adding some adult responsibilities:
- Make a Budget
- Plan Meals
- Make a Shopping List
- Clean Refrigerator
- Check Oil in the Car
- Check Air Pressure in Tires
- Change Light Bulbs
Remember you are wanting to raise up competent adults who are not afraid of responsibility. Start them young and slowly expect more.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men.