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Chores for kids: a year-by-year guide (infographic)

June 17, 2019

It's true that a child's job is to play and learn. But assigning them healthy work responsibilities is important, too.

Kids who pitch in on housework learn responsibility, and completing small tasks gives them a sense of accomplishment and inclusion. Dr. Ahmad Bailony, a pediatrician with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, shares some age-appropriate tasks for children.

Chores for kids: a year-by-year guide (infographic). Caring for kids often means taking on the bulk of household chores. But having kids pitch in is not only helpful to you, it also benefits them. Here's how to set healthy expectations, and assign tasks based on age. Kids who help are kids who thrive. Research shows there are benefits to including chores in a child's routine as early as age 3. It helps them: Learn time-management skills, develop organizational skills, accept responsibility in the family, find opportunities for success, learn work/play balance, set a foundation for independence. Chores by age. Responsibilities vary by child and household, but the following suggestions can help you get started. Remember to be clear and set reasonable expectations. Chores for children ages 2 to 3: Put toys away, put clothes in hamper, wipe up spills, fill pet's food dish. Chores for children ages 4 to 5: Any of the above chores plus, make their bed, clear the dinner table, unload utensils from the dishwasher, empty wastebaskets. Chores for children ages 6 to 7: Any of the above chores plus, sort laundry, help make and pack lunch, sweep floors, set the dinner table. Chores for children ages 8 to 9: Any of the above chores plus, load dishwasher, put away groceries, help make dinner, put away own laundry. Chores for children ages 10 and older: Any of the above chores plus, clean bathroom, change and wash bed sheets, cook simple meals (with supervision), wash car. From the expert: Teaching kids to do chores teaches them responsibility. At the same time, we must remember that they're kids first. So make sure you are flexible and have an honest conversation if they make mistakes. - Dr. Ahmad Bailony, pediatrician with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. 2019 Sharp HealthCare. All rights reserved.
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