When it comes to keeping your house in order, it’s all about teamwork. Kids who have everyday tasks and responsibilities learn how to cooperate, gain a sense of independence and get a real sense of accomplishment. To make the task of doling out jobs to your crew, we’ve made a list of household chores your kids can totally master—even the two-year-old! Keep reading to see them all.
Match socks. Let someone else wonder why there's always one missing for a change.
Pick up the toys. Ask your toddler to help clean up when play time is over, instead of doing it at the end of the day when you’d rather be watching Netflix instead of picking up DUPLO blocks.
Throw away trash. Oscar the Grouch doesn’t live here. Garbage belongs in the can.
Pick up sticks in the yard. To a toddler, what's more fun than collecting sticks?
Put dirty clothes in the hamper. Show your tot where the clothes go before he chooses his own drop spot.
Brush their own teeth. This is an easy self-care chore that any preschooler can tackle.
Feed the pets. Your preschooler loves the dog, the chickens and the family turtle. Well, no time like the present to teach him how to take care of something smaller than he is.
Make their own bed. This is a tough one because busy school mornings can get in the way. Weekends are wide open, however, and there’s nothing like a made bed to give your home a clean, fresh feeling.
Collect the mail. This one doesn't even feel like a chore.
Put away clean utensils. It’s the little things!
Help carry in groceries. Unless you're using the multiple trips to and from the car as your cardio for the day.
Set and clear the table. You prepared the meal so your kids should help to set and clear the plates. Simple as that.
Put away laundry. Imagine a place where the laundry actually gets put away instead of collecting dust in a basket somewhere. It can be a reality, we promise!
Take control of their own school gear. Stop gathering your kids’ stuff every night or morning. These early years are the right time to set up good work habits.
Help prep a basic meal. If kids with knives don't sound like a good idea, there are plenty of other things they can do. Think: gather ingredients, measure spices, crack and whisk eggs, grate some cheese, flip pancakes and more.
Water the plants. This is a great chore to help with organization. Have your kid schedule a once-a-week-date with a watering can on the calendar.
Dust shelves, blinds and furniture. A Swiffer duster makes this chore a breeze.
Clean the mirrors in the bathrooms. Older kids are strong enough, and usually tall enough to reach the top of the mirror by now. Pass the Windex.
Move clothes from the washer to the dryer. Most kids ages eight and up are tall enough (and old enough) to start helping with the laundry. If there are items you don't want in the dryer or if you like to use a certain heat setting, be sure to show the kids the ropes in advance.
Load and unload the dishwasher. Most days, after unloading, the thing fills right back up and needs to be unloaded again. Your early tween is an ideal candidate for helping out with this daily task.
Help with recycling and garbage. Older kids can sort recyclables, empty wastebaskets and help pull trash cans in from the road. It’s also a good way for them to learn about consumption and to see where waste goes.
Vacuum the rugs. The best part about handing off this task is that your kids will have to keep their rooms picked up in order to fulfill their duty.
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