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At what age do you think children should start doing chores?
I have quite a few children that i teach that never have to do any and they are 6-7. What age did you get your children to help out, i'm talking basics here, like putting their own toys away or helping unpack the shopping.
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beeper_spryte answers:

some of my earliest memories are putting things away, and my godson (three in january) has been helping put his own toys away for nearly a year and "helps" do the dishes too.

teaching kids about responsibility and helping others should start as early as possible, imho.


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sheps101 answers:

As soon as they are ale to move around I think they should be encouraged to help where they can, of course it is a game when they are younger. My girls are now 20 months, 4 and 5 and they all are expected to tidy and help out with wee things around the house and garden.

Sadly it is often much easier and quicker to do things for the kids, so only to easy not to let them help, but it is better in the long run for them to learn and easier for the parent if they let them


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Russel.West answers:

My daughter who is 3 today has learned to pick up and put away toys - I wish however she did this BEFORE getting more toys out - but we make it a game to tidy away, she also takes her plates out after food and puts them in sink (I understand the dishwasher is too dangerous for a 3 year old!)

She also likes to put things in the bin like recycling, unfortunately this also includes, mobile phones, post!, money and worst of all the remote control...

She is very photogenic and has so far earned a bit of money in photosales - I don't want her to become a model, because of all the problems associated with that area of work! But I don't mind the odd picture used to promote say a charity or good cause.


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wrestlingfan420 answers:

It is never too early to give a young child some responsibility. Even if it is something as simple as keeping their room clean at an early age, it plants the seeds of responsibility. My daughter is 8 years old, and she has a list of chores that she is responsible for each week. Cleaning out her rabbit cage and keeping Thumper stocked on food and water, keeping our dog Katie stocked on food and water, keeping her room clean and organized, and helping with the dishes every night are mandatory for her. In return, she doesn't have to hear my mouth, and we give her a 10 dollar allowance per week, providing all tasks have been completed to my satisfaction. We started her out early, and she actually asks if she can help with additional tasks, which are not a part of her weekly regimen, such as helping fold the clothes, making dinner with mommy or daddy, walking the dog, etc. She is a good girl who loves to be helpful, and I attribute this fact to us starting her out early on helping out around the house.


Supplement from 11/17/2008 06:44pm:

As soon as we were granted sole custody of her at 4 years old, 2 years before our adoption was finalized, we had her doing things around the house to help out. Before that, she never had any sort of responsibility or chores that she was expected to do. Start em' early!


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Topaz2308 answers:

I taught mine from a very early age but have to admit it was harder to get my daughter to help in anyway but my son took to it fairly easily. However as they have got older I have found that roles are reversed and he is less than a kin with tidying.

I think the earlier the better as once they get into the mind set of you will do everything for them then it will continue that way for the rest of their life at home. Start as you mean to go on and it can also be an incentive for them to earn pocket money.


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tecspec answers:

Earlier the better. As soon as my boys were walking they but cups away helped with the shopping etc. Even though they couldn't read I used to give them pictures to find things in the shop.


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hellis852 answers:

I think from the time they understand simple directions 3yrs such as put your toys away 5yrs onwards should build up with moving their plates etc from table. Let them help you in tasks that are within their capability not what you had to do at their ages. Makes them feel good and to earn pocket money from 7yrs. If they want a pet they must learn how to look after it.I know most Mums end up looking after pets but they can do their bit.Just remember they are not child slaves. Still try and earn their pocket money by simple tasks. All children should put away toys etc from the age of 3yrs. Think children today have it too easy and when it comes to work years it is a shock to their system because everything was done for them


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tarapalmer1974 answers:

Never been made to do chores when i was younger what so ever and my kids are 16 (In week) 4 and 3 in 2 weeks :) and only sophie whos 16 does a few bits i never make them do anything.


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imfeduptoo answers:

Oooooh! I've failed miserably!

I never asked my son to do anything or my grandchildren who spend most of their time with me.

I just feel that children should have fun and they've got all their lives ahead of them when they'll have to work so I just let them enjoy their childhood.

They know how to do things, as they've seen me doing them often enough, so they'll do what they have to when they have to.

I did make sure they learned to cook and my son and grandchildren are all brilliant cooks.

(Though I always cleaned up the mess they made!)


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Theminxy1 answers:

As soon as my children were old enough to put away their toys, they were given that responsibility. gradually, as they got a little older, they were asked to help with other things. Ours was a smallish house that contained four children. I they all did their bit, no-one spent too long doing housework, and everyone had a little quality time.

I don't think it's ever too soon for children to realise that what they do affects the whole household.


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