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Responsibilities for Youths: 5 Chores Children Can Actually Help With

Children are often willing to do anything around the home to make a little extra money that can be spent on everything from toys to clothes or things that are needed for school. You can make a chore chart to teach children about responsibility and discipline. The chart can hang on a wall where everyone can see it or on a bedroom wall where the child can mark off the jobs that are done.


If your kids want something to wear for school or if you simply don’t have time to wash and fold everything, then get your children to help with the laundry. They might not know how to operate the machine, but they can put clothing into the washer and dryer, folding some of the towels and hanging their clothes in the closet. This teaches children how to sort certain items so that they don’t fade and how to properly load a washer.

Sweeping and Vacuuming

You will need to demonstrate the right way to hold the tools, but once children get the hang of how to sweep and vacuum, they can start keeping the rooms of the house clean so that you can focus on the large tasks that need to get done. They can make a game of this kind of cleaning to see who can get a bedroom cleaned first or who can sweep the most dirt.

Wiping Surfaces

This is a simple task for younger children. Spray the surfaces that you want cleaned with a mild cleanser. Give the child gloves and a cloth, showing the child how to gently scrub the surface until the dirt is gone. This is a chore that you might want to keep in mind if the child scribbles on the walls or cabinets.

Cleaning Outside

If you’ve recently paved your driveway, older children who can properly use a water hose can spray the pavement to keep the pavement clean. This would include the driveway or sidewalk. Make sure that the child understands that the water hose is only to be used for these areas and not the side of the house.


This is a chore that many people don’t like to do no matter what their age. If you have a dishwasher, show your children how to load the bowls, plates and glasses, rinsing them first. Showing how to wash dishes by hand is a skill that can be used later in life as some homes might not have a dishwasher.

Your child can find fun in chores if you give them tasks that are age appropriate. From sweeping to laundry, find what your child is good at, and focus on getting the child to take responsibility. Rewards are good to get started, and if the child continues doing chores without being asked, then the rewards could increase.

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