How Old Should You Start Chores?

United States
April 8, 2008 4:20pm CST
I Mean, At What Age Do You Decide To Try And Give Responsibility To Your Child? Does It Depend On How Mature That Child Is For Thier Age? Or Do You Wait And See If They Try To Start Taking On Tasks Themselves With Your Supervision? How Do You Reward Them? Is It By Allowance, A New Game Or Toy? I Never Minded Doing Chores As A Kid And Just Getting My Allowance, Which Wasn't But $5 But I Was Happy!
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Honestly, I let my not quite 17 month old help with things. I really think if you make it a part of their everyday lives, then it's no big deal and they'll be more likely to continue helping. My older kids help with things and the 17 month old now helps pick up toys, put laundry in the dryer, and once the knives, forks and glass dishes are removed he can even hand me things out of the dishwasher.
• United States
9 Apr 08
I think kids are never to young to help around the house even if it just picking up their toys or picking up other things for you.My 6 year old loves to help and she vacuums and cleans her room helps me pick up and she is even wanting to help do dishes.I do reward her,but usually differs by the week sometimes she gets money or clothes,maybe a new toy,because those are all things she likes getting.
@banipenet (283)
8 Apr 08
Since when they come to this world children learn every day, in every moment something new. Starting playing with his toys , continuing to copy the adults and finally they become matures and then they have to take responsibilities. Oh,stop me, i am alambicating words here and it might nobody will understand me. My son is 14 months old and he help me to dust or to gather up his toys, even if he put two toys in the box and he pull out three. :) Like a conclusion i want to say that we have to give the impression to our children that they have responsibilities indifferently how old are they. We even could to give them some little responsibilities and they will learn what this mean.
• United States
8 Apr 08
I don't have any kids but I've been doing chores since I could even remember. I started very young my mom taught me to always clean up my toys so we could make the house look "pretty". I grew up helping her make dinner, including setting the table and clearing it. So I didn't necessarily have set responsibilites since I was young, I just got taught what to do. It kind of turned into things that I always did as habbits, instead of getting rewarded. It turned out good because I'm really tidy lol.
@kezabelle (2985)
8 Apr 08
A child is never too young to learn responsibility, my youngest is 2 and she is asked to help tidy up her toys which she does, and also bring her plate out to the kitchen she enjoys doing, her big sister is 4 and she loves helping dry up the dishes and put them away (I never make her she asks and I think its good for them to learn how things work at home) she will tidy her toys take her cup plate out to the kitchen little things like that. Maybe in a few years she can start with other things like helping me with cleaning her bedroom that sort of thing. I think every child should have a couple of little taks in helping clean up behind themselves it is a good lesson to learn I certainly dont want my children growing up thinking everything will always be done for them because it wont!