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How many chores should I give each of my children during the week?

I need to teach my children to help out around the house. How many chores should I give each of them during the week?

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Growing up, my siblings and I were already responsible for keeping our rooms clean and assisting with laundry "You're never too young to fold a pillow case!" was my dad's motto. In addition to that, there was a chore wheel that was spun once a week. It had menial tasks such as tidying up specific rooms, washing the dishes, or taking out the trash. All in all, that adds up to three chores.  

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Great question Elli, based on the childs age, here is where I would start. All the children need to be making their beds daily, (there is never a good way or a bad way) picking up their rooms before they go to bed, preparing there cloths to wear the next day, placing the plate they used to eat in the sink. All of these tasks are chores, or you can go down the route of specific task like emptying the garbage, taking the garbage can out to the street for the garbage truck, dish washing, washing their own cloths.  Tasks are essential for children to gain a sense of who they are and to learn to take care of them-self.  They are never too young.

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Feb. 28, 2017

Thanks Lucy

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User in Lima, OH
May 2, 2017

My motto has always been "Work before play" so therefore everyday my children have 1 chore at least. Sunday being the rest day for all of us. Consistency is the key. Visual chore chart with checklist does work as children learn best that route. I never gave the reward until Sunday on rest day so we could then reflect back on the week. This became part of our routine. Throughout the years the children knew what was expected and were given the tools to not only take care of themselves but, also work together as a family to take care of our home.  

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2 is ideal i think

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I would give them 2

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Giving simple chores like dusting and folding can get the kids into the routine. Just remember, it doesn't have to be perfect at first, they are learning. As long as they show the attempt and receive positive reinforcement, it will inspire them to continue...in most cases ...

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User in Lucama, NC
April 29, 2017

Personally, I think they should be given one chore everyday of the week. Maybe with the exception of the weekends

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I give something to my children once a day to help out around the house. 

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User in Hudson, FL
May 16, 2017

5

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User in Gadsden, AL
April 29, 2017

Depending on their age. Personally I think 2

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Do u have boys or Girls? And i feel children shouldnt get paid to do what needs to be done. Teaching them to be clean is what Mothers are Supposed to do. Parents dont get paid to do necessary things around the house. Boys should Throw out trash from not only kitchen, but from anywhere theres a trash can. Trash Duty. Kids should clean their rooms, beds should be made every morning. It doesnt have to be perfect but decent. And Boys should be taught to wipe up pee if it gets on toilet seat..lol.. and to put the seat down. Girls do dishes and tidy up the house. Kids can help keep bathrooms clean by Cleaning the mirror once in awhile, wiping off counter after they use it. I keep disinfecting wipes under the sink. So my kids use em. Im not always on their butts about stuff, i ask for them to help out. So they get to keep their phones and get brand new games or cool stuff they like as long as they help and do what needs to be done without having to nag them to do it.

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User in Fishers, IN
April 29, 2017

it depends on the age of the children

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User in Lisbon, OH
May 2, 2017

My daughter has 2 a day, feed and water the dog and keep her room clean. It depends on the age of the child as well. Mine is 10 years old. 

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If works for you, I suggest making a chore list. I had such a hard time following through with my kids until I made myself a simple chore list that I hang of the fridge.  The children follow it and I don't forget since it's the same chore for a month; after each month I rotate the list so the kids are not stuck with the same chore forever. It worked well for us, and my kids enjoy it because they know what will be expected of them everyday and they even look forward to the month they're favorite chore will be in.  And since my kids are all teens now, cleaning up their room, making their beds, and their laundry are not part of the chore list. They have to do it anyway, chore or no chore.

I also really liked what Shannon wrote. The good thing is, you can get a little bit from everyone and make it your own. Every family has its own rhythm! 

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This depends on how old they are and what their previous responsibilities were. I would start with one, and then, once they have learned that, switch to another. You can add them on as they get older and/or more competent, but switching them around means that they'll be competent in all areas of home maintenance by the time they're adults, instead of just one or two tasks.

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User in Quincy, MA
July 20, 2018

how old are they?

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User in Laredo, TX
Feb. 24, 2019

I have 3 boy's. The oldest will sweep, maintain his room, wash dishes. 2nd will take out the trash and also, maintain his room. Youngest will be picking up toys, blankets and cleaning windows.

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I give my daughter a chore everyday of the week.

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i think it depends on their ages...first i would teach them to make their beds.and pick up their toys and clothes.

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Depends on the age of the children. I would start with ONE. If they perform beautifully...reward, reward, reward.!

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User in Stamford, CT
Nov. 8, 2018

two chores

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Nola in Tyler, TX
Oct. 29, 2018

I give my kids around three chores a week but that's in addition to having them clean their own bed and their own dishes anyway

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Ame in Trenton, NJ
Oct. 28, 2018

My children have daily chores each and every day. My 16 year old son washes the dishes and sweeps the floor. My 14 year old son put the dishes away and takes out the trash. My 9 year old daughter cleans both the kitchen and dining room tables. The goal is to start them young and give them a sense of responsibility.

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It depends on the age of each. Tasks such as: helping to clean the bed, putting laundry in the basket, separating the recycling bin, feeding the pets ... Children develop at different rates. Teach the child early on to help build trust, independence and responsibility.

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Merry in Robards, KY
Sept. 30, 2018

I have a 9 year old and a 12 year old, I need help with how many chores to assign them per day. Any ideas?

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At least 1 or 2 a day. Even if there small

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Well, It all depends on the child age. Well I can share with you the chore that I give my daughter. She has to make up her bed every morning once she gets out of bed and if she was to take a nap in the day she will need to sleep on a throw blanket. She has to keep her room clean at all time. She also does the dinner dishes because I cook every night. Because I need her to do her homework and study during the week, she does most of her chores on the weekend. She has to vacuum the carpet, dust the furniture etc. I also give her allowance for her chores.

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The way my parents did it was the oldest helped with the laundry, the second oldest helped in the kitchen cleaning and the third oldest got the table duties (setting and cleaning off) the younger kids can help pick up their toys each evening. You can even buy a little broom set so that they can help you sweep!

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Chores should be based on each child's age. Like you wouldn't want your 5 year old washing dishes but they could rinse. During school the older the child the more chores,however you need to bcareful to not over do

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