Raising Responsible Children

Updated: Apr 7


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Children need to learn responsibility at an early age. Start as early as possible with your children. Be sure to praise your children, as they accomplish different tasks. They will get great joy from contributing to the family. Consider making a chore chart, to keep track of the chores your child has completed.


At my house, we make it a game every Saturday morning. I make a list of all the chores that need to get done. Then my two daughters and I take turns picking a job until all the jobs are taken. By doing this, I give the children choice in what chores they will be doing. But everyone knows their chores must be completed by lunchtime.


Or you could have a chore chart, and they can earn a sticker for completing their tasks.


Below you will find chores appropriate for each age group.

toddlers playing on the floor

AGES 2-3

o Pick up their toys

o Wipe up small messes

o Put dirty clothes in the hamper

o Dust

o Fold dishcloths

o Put clothes away into drawers

o Put away silverware



small children building with blocks

AGES 4-6

o Feed a pet

o Set the table

o Put dirty dishes in the sink

o Match socks

o Sweep

o Water plants

o Pull weeds

o Make a small snack

o Put away groceries

o Make bed

o Clean up their room

o Fold small laundry items

o Empty trashes



little girl cooking with her family

AGES 7-10

o Fold laundry

o Sweep

o Get mail

o Vacuum

o Help wash car

o Water plants

o Take out the trash

o Meal prep



tween age boy

AGES 11+

o Wash dishes

o Unload dishwasher

o Take trash to curb

o Mop floors

o Mow yard

o Pack lunches

o Clean bathroom

o Clean out the fridge

o Supervise siblings

o Wash windows


I always like to give out a little reward if chores are done without complaint. It is always something small, like a coloring page. If you are interested I have 290 free coloring pages for you to choose from.


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