Teaching your children about household responsibilities and trying to get them involved at an early age is the key to cultivating good habits in your children. This will also be good for you so you don’t feel overworked as you try to maintain a clean and organised home. Getting children involved in non-fun activities is not easy, so you may need to try the following:

1. Make it fun

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Children, like everyone else, love rewards. You will have to be creative about the nature of the reward depending on the age of your child, while keeping it flexible so they get different things depending on the extent of work done. Rewards could be financial or non-financial, like playing or watching cartoons, provided you help your children to learn the importance of participating and contributing to the family.

little girl girl agrees clothes in a closet2. Create a job chart

Scheduled activities can be tough to follow, so you may need to rotate the neglected areas to make the work adaptable, and the children won’t have to do the same chores each week. A creative job chart may comprise pictures of different rooms and tasks, when properly done, which are then laminated and stuck to a job board. Taking photos of clean, tidy, and organised room will give your children a hint of what needs to be accomplished when they’re finished with the assigned responsibility.

3. Assign the right task

Not all jobs can be done by children of all ages, and a good number of them need some adult involvement. Some appropriate jobs for different age groups include:

Toddlers – ages 2-3

  • Pick up and put away toys
  • Collect dirty clothes and put them in the proper hamper
  • Help move clothes from washer to dryer
  • Mop the floor
  • Dust with a microfiber rag
  • Wipe cabinets

Preschooler – ages 4-5

  • Any toddler chores
  • Take out recycling
  • Load the dishwasher
  • Set and clear table
  • Vacuum furniture
  • Clean windows
  • Fold dish towels
  • Wash dishes with supervision

Early elementary – ages 6-8

  • Any of the previous activities
  • Sweep
  • Vacuum
  • Hang out laundry
  • Wipe bathroom counters, sinks, and toilets
  • Meal preparation tasks – washing vegetables, simple cutting, finding ingredients
  • Fold laundry
  • Rake leaves

Elementary – ages 9-11

  • Any previous chores
  • Make simple meals
  • Mop floors
  • Take the rubbish out

Secondary school – ages 12-14

  • Clean shower/bath
  • Prepare full meals
  • Mow the lawn
  • Clean out refrigerator
  • Supervise younger children’s chores

Secondary school – ages 15-18

At this age, most children are capable of doing nearly everything in every area of home management, so they can take up some of the responsibilities.

You just need to assign your children two or three tasks from the list, depending on their age. Assigning tasks does not mean that you expect a lot from your children, but that you want them to grow into responsible adults.