What age do you start your kids doing dishes?

United States
December 1, 2006 3:40pm CST
I have a soon to be 12yr old and a 7 yr old. We have a dish washer. I was thinking that I would start making them do dishes every other night. Have the 7 yr old unload them and the 12 yr old load the dish washer. Do you think they are to young to start this? I think I was about 14 yrs when my mother started us doing dishes.
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@vmoore709 (1102)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I have a 7 year old and I won't let her put them away because she can't reach the cabinets. It would just be asking for broken dishes. I do make her put her dishes in the dishwasher when she's finished with them though. I think I may have started a little later helping out.
• United States
1 Dec 06
I thought about that too!! Breaking dishes because she can't reach that high. I guess I could just have her help put them in and put the low stuff up. My son will love me for this! HA