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I’d like to have my kids do more chores around the house to earn some spending money or screen time over the summer. What are some age-appropriate chores for a 7-year-old?
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At 7, walking the dog (if only around the block), picking up dog poo in the backyard, washing the dog and feeding pets are great chores to allocate the kids if you have pets.
Otherwise, setting the table, putting clothes in the laundry to be washed and even vacuuming can be easy chores for this age group.
Also weeding the garden and washing the car may also be some good chore options.
By the time my kids were 7, I had found that they could do almost any household chore. It just is a matter of teaching them how to do it.
Dusting, vacuuming, mopping, unloading the dishwasher, matching socks and putting away clothing, helping to clean out the garage, washing the car, and cleaning bathrooms were all within their abilities. I also had them read books to get screen time.
I think it is great that you have the children help with chores. It certainly will help them grow up to be better caretakers of their homes.
Kids might not be too excited about the idea of doing chores, especially when there are more exciting activities waiting for them - but it is a great way to help identify themselves as contributing members of the family. I think that at age 7 there are a number of chores that kids can easily do alone, with some assistance or the supervision of an adult.
Some age-appropriate chores would include:
1. Sweeping the floors (or using the vacuum cleaner)
2. Setting the table and helping to clear after dinner
3. Packing and unpacking the dishwasher (or packing clean dishes away)
4. Pairing socks
5. Sorting laundry into whites and coolers
6. Feeding pets and topping up water bowls
7. Making the bed
8. General tidying up around the house
At this age, kids are also quite capable of assisting with basic meal preparation or baking although they should be closely supervised around sharp knives or when cooking on the stovetop.
It is important that kids are encouraged to try and not to expect perfection. If you like things done a certain way, you may have to set your expectations aside while your child learns to master the task. It was difficult for me not to "fix" my son's bed when he started making it for himself, but it wasn't long before he figured out how to do it properly without my help.
This is actually a good start to having kids be in charge. Of course, we do not expect them to do chores with perfection. I remember when my eldest was asked to wash the dishes for the first time, he literally just wash the dishes without using any soap. Imagine how surprised I was the next morning, but I was not upset at all because I know he tried his best and I gave him credit for that. BUT, I taught him right there and then how to wash the dishes properly. In that scenario, my son was not the only one who learned but also me because I lacked in guiding him to do it the right way.
Instead of telling you the appropriate task for a 7-year-old, I'd like to share my takeaway on how my 7-year-old learned to do the other chores.
First, let him watch you. Let him observe how you do things and tell him what is expected of him.
Second, let him try doing the chores assigned to him but with guidance. On his first attempt to do the task, be by his side. Give feedback and be patient because it is his first time after all.
Third, let him do the chores on his own but you should still do some "quality checks" after. In this way, you can either tell him what he missed at the same time, or you will be at ease that the chores were done according to your "standards".
Telling kids to do chores is one thing but teaching and guiding them on how to do it properly is the more important. You will see that after a couple of times doing the chores, your child will definitely have the confidence and "mastery" of his assigned task.
Its a great idea to get kids involved in helping at home and there are chores suitable for all ages. At 7 years old, my kiddos were encouraged to:
- Pair socks
- fold simple laundry like dish towels and face washers
- Feed pets
- Wipe down the table after dinner
- Take the recycling to the outside bin
- Tidy an area of the house (eg family room)
-Help with dishes or packing/unpacking dishwasher
I hope this helps :)