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Kids Can Help!


Do you feel like this? 



                       Everyone can contribute to household chores.           

                                    NOT a select few!!    

                Get the kids involved and let them reap the benefits!!



Parents often ask if they should give their children chores.


The answer is a resounding YES!!


Chores have many benefits, including a sense of belonging, responsibility, cooperation, life skills, a sense of accomplishment, contributing to the household as well as many skills that assist with school work, self care and relationships. 


Whether they're making their bed or they're sweeping the floor, helping out around the house helps kids feel capable.


Chores were the best predictor of which kids were more likely to become happy, healthy, independent adults.  




Below is a list of appropriate chores by suggested age groups. 

             CHORE                                                      BENEFIT 

*Sweeping floors /raking leaves                    * Bilateral integration. Both sides of the                                                                                    body working together eg 1 hand holding                                                                              dustpan and the other the broom 

*Laying the table                                          *Develop left and right for laying cutlery.                                                                                  Memory for what is needed for each meal. 

*Putting out and Sorting laundry                    *Visual discrimination skills for tasks such as                                                                            matching socks, sorting clothing into piles,                                                                            sorting colours from whites. 

*Loading and unloading the dishwasher.          *Organisational and planning skills for putting                                                                          items in their correct place in the correct order. 

*Washing /drying dishes                                *Opportunity for social interaction whilst doing                                                                        the dishes. 

*Washing the windows or the car                    *Developing big motor skills 

*Feeding /walking family pet                          *Responsibility for another living thing.  

*Cleaning bedroom/making bed                     * Responsibility of own space 

*Putting rubbish out                                      *Following a sequence and sorting eg food                                                                              scraps, recyclables, general rubbish. Removing                                                                      rubbish outside and then replacing with new                                                                          rubbish bag.     




Different methods for organising and allocating chores.  


A simple chart for each child with allocated jobs.

A star or sticker chart. 

Or icy pole sticks with jobs written on them and the child chooses a stick and puts in the 'done' jar when finished. 



Illustrations:     Chores Pyramid              Chore charts  Chore sticks 

Sponge Bob - Wix images 








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