Having kids comes with many perks. One being, free labor. Naturally once they are old enough to start helping, like really helping, they don’t want to. Boo. Damn teenagers. The secret is to start them young. Little kids LOVE to help. It makes them feel grown-up. Boosts their sense of self-worth. Makes them feel part of the family and part of a team. I have always included my kids in the household duties. I have a list of 10 chores kids, any kid!, can do to help around the house.
1. Clean/Wash the car. I think most car washes can’t beat a good old-fashioned hand cleaning. Granted I don’t actually have to do it, but the girls love to go and help Papa wash the car.
2. Weed the garden. This can be tricky before a lot of plants have grown, you don’t want them weeding your actual plants. But they can help pull the big weeds before you till up the garden, pick up rocks, and empty buckets. I usually have the girls act as runners between the garden and the compost as I am weeding.
3. Feed and water the pets. Our water dish is too big for the girls to fill up, but Fofo does an awesome job of feeding the dogs!
4. Set the table. Whether you are having dinner inside, or a cookout by the fire, kids can help set up the dishes and all the condiments for the dinner table.
5. Laundry. The girls help out from everything to loading the washer, transferring to the dryer, putting the clothes away, and striping the sheets for their weekly washing.
6. Vacuum. I will admit I don’t let them do this often because it requires a huge amount of patience and I have zero. But when they do, they wear crowns. Because who wouldn’t?!
7. Empty the dishwasher. We work together on this one. The girls put away the lower items and hand me the dishes that go up in the cupboard. It’s a great exercise in teamwork.
8. Dinner prep. My husband is a saint with this. Me, not so much. But letting the kids help with dinner is a great way to spend time together as a family and may help them eat more of their supper!
9. Hand wash dishes. This is another one where the girls are capable of helping more, but I don’t let them do it often. We almost always have sharp knives in with our handwashables. I don’t want them to cut themselves for one. And two, I don’t want them wrecking my knives 😉
10. Empty the trash. I’m not sure why Bear looks so terrified here, but kids are a great asset in getting all those small garbage cans rounded up for ya.
There ya have it! 10 easy ways kids can start helping out around the house. Did I miss any? What age did you have your kids start chores? What chores do your kids do?