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Age Appropriate Responsibilities for Children


It is important to assign your children responsibilities as team members of your family.  Provide your children and teens with age-appropriate tasks, making sure you spend time teaching your children how to master a specific task.  Try and not overwhelm them with too many tasks at once. Consider each child’s ability and temperament. Expect your children to be responsible and they will be.

Appropriate Responsibilities for
Children Ages 3-4

Make bed
Brush teeth and hair
Put shoes away
Unpack and hang up backpack
Put lunch in the backpack
Put toys away
Put napkins on the table
Put personal dishes on the counter
Put dirty clothes in the laundry basket
Sort laundry
Empty room/bathroom trash cans
Feed and brush furry pets
Bring in all personal items from the car
Additional Appropriate Responsibilities for
Children Ages 5-7

Bring in the mail
Take a shower/bath independently
Clean room independently
Set the table properly
Help cook dinner
Put dishes in the sink
Clear the table
Empty their lunchbox
Take out the trash and recycling
Pick out their outfit the night before school
Water plants
Bring in light grocery bags
Additional Appropriate Responsibilities for Children Ages 8-9

Unload/load the dishwasher
Do personal laundry
Put away all clothes
Put away the groceries
Packs lunch
Make lunch for school
Help cook dinner
Wash toilets
Additional Age Appropriate Responsibilities for Children Ages 10-11
Fold and hang up clothes
Mop bathroom floors
Clean bathroom mirror
Rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher
Unload the dishwasher
Change bed sheets and fold clean sheets
Unload the dishwasher
Pull weeds/Rake leaves
Put the groceries away independently
Walk the dog/Clean the cat litter
Additional Age Appropriate Responsibilities for Teens

Change light bulbs
Mow the grass
Replace vacuum cleaner bags
Clean out the refrigerator, stove, and microwave
Cook dinner
Clean out the garage
Pet sit for others
Other Responsibilities for Your Children

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