I choose to teach my kids responsibility and life skills through chores. This is part of my parenting style. This is a list of 16 age appropriate chores for 6 and 7 year olds my daughter does, or is capable of doing (mostly) on her own.
Yes, I have my children do chores. And I certainly started gearing their little brains to understand that their help around the house is expected and valued.
From the time my daughter was just a toddler, I started allowing her to “help” me with little chores. She loved putting laundry in the dryer or pulling it out of the dryer and putting it in the basket once it was dried. She eventually graduated to “folding” (crumpling up) her own laundry and “making her bed.” Even my son is now doing some of the same toddler chores his big sister used to do at his age.
I grew up doing chores at home. And, when spending time at my grandparents’ house, I did some there too. I, of course, hated it as a child. As I grew up and moved out on my own, I realized my family had done what they could to prepare me for adulthood … the real world.
So, the thought never crossed my mind that giving kids chores was frowned upon these days until social media let it be known that I wasn’t supposed to have kids to make them do my chores.
Well, I’m not in that camp. You see, I realized the lessons I learned from my chores and there are things I want my kids to get out of life. I want them to be prepared for going to work and doing adult things when they leave the house (because that’s my ultimate goal … raise my kids to leave the house!). And, according to Very Well Family, “…giving your child chores may be one of the most important things you’ll ever do.”
If you’re in the camp for giving your children chores, then you’re going to love this list of age appropriate chores for 6 and 7 year olds.
Chores my 6 year old does
Put dishes by the sink
Clean her bathroom tub, toilet, and sink
Clean room and put away books
Feed the dog
Extra chores when she wants to earn more money or when she earns a consequence for bad behavior
Some of these chores I’ve included as consequence jar ideas, but there are times my daughter will ask what more she can do to earn an extra coin or two. These chores aren’t part of her regular routine, but help me greatly when the situation calls for it. Some are just listed here because they make completely acceptable chores for 6 and 7 year olds.
Help with dinner
Fold and put away laundry
Vacuum the couch
Dust and clean coffee table
More chores she’s capable of
Empty mini-trash cans
Help make lunch(es)