5 Simple Chores for Children Under 7

By Savannah Edgens
Child washing dishes

A big challenge many parents face is deciding if and when their children are old enough for chores. How soon is too soon to teach a child responsibility and how to contribute to the household? It is often a struggle of wanting to “let kids be kids” while also realizing all children need structure and rules. One thing about kids is that they thrive on positive reinforcement. According to the Cleveland Clinic, having daily chores at home contributes to overall satisfaction in school and social settings. They just need age-appropriate chores to get them on the right track. Here is a quick guide to chores for children under 7 years old:

1. Tending to plants

Watering plants is a great way for children to start learning chores. This ;ets your child help while engaging in some fun. For outside plants, teach them how to use the hose and how to water plants in the flower bed. For inside plants or potted plants, they can use a watering can. This is also a great educational opportunity to teach them about how plants germinate, make food and thrive.

2. Taking care of pets

This one might require a little more supervision, but young children can also help take care of pets. A good starting point is teaching them how to feed the fish, scoop kibble or even clean the litter box. According to the National Library of Medicine, children form strong bonds and attachments to pets when they feel like they are involved in their care.

3. Making the bed

This is one of the simplest chores for kids to learn to do, and it helps get their day off to a good start. It is one of the first steps they can take toward being responsible throughout the day.

4. Bringing in groceries

Kids love to help. They thrive on praise. Allowing them to help bring in the groceries helps them feel grown up and helpful.

5. Grocery shopping

Believe it or not, grocery shopping is another great way to get kids involved in responsibility. They may not be able to grab every item on your list, but they benefit from the mental stimulation of picking out five apples or picking up a container of strawberries. Next time you’re out shopping, maybe reconsider the screen time and opt for a fun, educational experience instead.

Completing chores may improve executive function and engagement, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). Parents play a major role in their children’s work ethic, and some children may engage independently. The NIH recommends overall encouragement for children to do chores. Offering a little praise and some coaching can make kids enjoy helping out around the house.

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