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I just finished reading the Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Chip talks about living every day like Saturday. Growing up my dad was self-employed and we learned early on that the sooner the work was done, the sooner we could play. Sometimes that meant quitting work at 3 in the afternoon to go waterskiing and other times it meant we worked late into the night to get a project finished up. That’s what living like every day is Saturday means to me.
We don’t have a shop to teach our children that principle in, but we do have a home. By giving our kids opportunities to work as well as opportunities to play I’m hoping to instill that same work ethic that my parents taught me. If we build upon what they already know a little at a time, when it is time for them to live on their own they will have the skills they need to keep an orderly apartment.
Age Appropriate Chores
Here’s a list of age appropriate chores to help you know what to expect your kids to be able to do. Please take time to work along side your child and teach them your expectations for each skill.
Use these age appropriate chores to fill in your child’s weekly job chart. Start small and add a new job in after they have mastered the previous chore. My 4 year old loves to help me sort laundry. She knows which socks are which brothers and loves to fold the dishtowels.
Jamie’s job charts is one of our most popular posts and with that comes the most popular question of, “what do you have your kids do?” Use the above list to find chores your children will be able to help with.