Routine chores are an excellent way for children to develop responsibility and self-esteem by learning to perform necessary household tasks and contribute to the well-being of the entire family. And perhaps more importantly, giving kids chores gives mom and dad a break.
Wondering what chores are appropriate for a 10-year-old? Here are 10 chores your 10-year-old should be doing daily.
1. Make their bed.
Whether you insist on perfect corners or just want the covers pulled up, kids should be making their own beds every morning by the age of 10.
2. Empty and load the dishwasher.
At our house we run our dishwasher daily, and I get tired of the monotonous task of loading and unloading. Handing the job off to my almost 10-year-old has been a lifesaver, and even though she grumbles, she's totally capable of completing the job.
3. Sweep and/or vacuum.
Crumbs on the floor are par for the course when you have kids, but by the age of 10 you can expect them to sweep or vacuum anything they (or other family members) have spilled.
4. Sort and fold laundry.
Kids are often more capable then we tend to give them credit for. Expect your 10-year-old to sort her own dirty laundry, and fold and hang clean laundry once it has been washed. Also, depending on your child's maturity level, she may be fully capable of washing her clothes herself.
5. Feed pets.
If you have pets, your 10 year-old can be responsible for giving them food and water. Or if you want to designate the task to a younger sibling, have your 10 year-old take responsibility for making sure the job gets done.
6. Take out the trash.
This includes kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom trash cans. And also the recycling.
7. Clean their own room.
Mom and dad may still have to organize occasionally, but 10-year-olds should be cleaning their own rooms. If they pick up daily, it isn't a hard task.
8. Set the table and clear dinner dishes.
Younger children can do this too, but by the age of 10 it should absolutely be expected.
9. Wipe tables and counters.
Counters and tables need to be wiped off multiple times per day. Your 10-year-old may not be able to do them all, but she can wipe them off at least once, or when she sees that it needs to be done.
10. Pack their own lunch.
If you have the pantry and refrigerator well-stocked with the types of healthy foods you want your kids to eat, your 10-year-old should be able to pack her own lunch, and maybe that of her siblings too. Oversee the process if necessary, but let her take the lead, because once you can cross this tedious job off your to-do list, you'll be glad you did.
What chores do you expect your 10 year-old to do? Are there others you would add to this list?