Parenting Connection: How to choose age-appropriate tasks


LANSING, Michigan (WLNS) – It’s Parenting Connection Tuesday and 6 News is here for you with tips, strategies and helpful reminders from local child development experts on how we can be better parents. and tutors.

Topic of the day: How to choose age-appropriate tasks

Many argue that a lot more gets done around the house when outside temperatures are pleasant, and with months of tolerable weather on the doorstep here in Mid-Michigan, child experts say now is a great time to incorporate some chores. housewives. Many studies show that children who are given household chores are more responsible, can handle frustration better, have higher self-esteem, learn essential life skills and help ease the workload of our parents. .

Experts say you can start introducing chores as soon as your kids start responding to direction, but obviously it’s wise to match responsibilities according to age and ability. The following is a set of MSU Extension Office expert lists for age-appropriate tasks up to age 13.

Toddlers, ages 2 and 3, can certainly be given chores, but this will involve supervision. Here are some examples :

* Store their toys

* Fill a pet’s food bowl

* Place the clothes in the basket

For 4 and 5 year olds, parents can let preschoolers:

*Make his bed

*Set the table

* Aquatic flowers/plants

When children are 6 or 7 years old, they should be able to:

*Choose the outfit of the day and dress up

* Sweep floors


Children aged 8 to 11 can:

* Learn to use the washer and dryer

*Helping a parent prepare dinner

*Fold and put away your laundry

Children aged 12 and 13 can:

* Bring the trash can to the curb for collection

* Mow the lawn with supervision

* Load and unload the dishwasher

As for the subject of money, most experts say that money should not be involved in household responsibilities. That’s not to say rewards shouldn’t pop up once in a while, but experts say always promising money can cause problems in the future.


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