You may be thinking, “chores… really?” And as an adult who still doesn’t enjoy doing chores sometimes, I’d agree with you. But there are benefits to including chores in a child's routine as early as age 3. Children who do chores may exhibit higher self-esteem, be more responsible, and be better equipped to deal with frustration, adversity, and delayed gratification. These skills can lead to greater success in school, work, and relationships. You may also be looking to do some cleaning to start off the New Year. So how do we get kids to actually do the chores, and maybe even slightly enjoy doing them? Here are some ideas:
PBS provides a list of appropriate chores for ages 2-8, as well as some tips and tricks from caregivers on how to make chores more manageable, including putting on some music and breaking down tasks.
Laundry day involves a lot of math that we might not consciously think about. Here are some suggestions for how to incorporate math and your children into laundry day!
Here are some ideas for involving kids in big jobs around the house, like gardening or taking care of pets.
PBS’s chore chart is divided by age, but each child is an individual and differs in abilities, development, and any special needs. Here is a list divided by special chores, “fun” chores, rewarding chores, and chores that could be seen as dull, but that your child may really enjoy.
Need book recommendations? Drake Community Library has got you covered with a Chore-themed booklist!
Being Responsible by Robin Nelson
The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room by Stan Berenstain
How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? by Jane Yolen
Llama Llama Mess, Mess, Mess by Anna Dewdney
Just a Mess by Mercer Mayer
For more titles check out our online catalog at: drakelibrary.org