Feeding the dog. Cleaning the table after meals. Making the bed. No matter their age, our children need to learn that it takes a commitment from every member of a household to maintain a home. There is always work to be done and everyone has to do their share.

That's why chore charts are so important. A chore chart breaks down each person's responsibilities and holds them accountable for the work. Here are a few tips on creating age-appropriate chore charts for your child:

1. Keep It Simple

The key to any chore chart — or for most parenting goals for that matter — is to keep things simple and easily understandable for our kids. Make sure your children know what is expected of them by creating a chart that is clearly laid out with the days of the week, the chores expected to be completed and who is expected to complete them. By making the chart easy to comprehend there will be no question about your child's responsibilities.

2. Make It Visual

In addition to making the chore chart easy to read and understand, place the chore chart in a location in the home that is easy for everyone to locate and see.

3. Provide Incentives

If your children are consistently doing work around the house make sure there is a carrot awaiting them. Not an actual carrot, of course, but an incentive. Whether it's a cash allowance, toys, clothes or a special treat like a weekly trip to an ice cream shop, your children will be more motivated and likely to complete their chores if they know there is a small reward waiting for them.

4. Explain Why

Kids will resist doing chores. It's part of being a child. However, you need to explain to them why they're being asked to help out. It isn't because you're being mean or onerous. It's because maintaining a house is a major undertaking and your son or daughter is at age where they can and will help out.

5. Keep Chores Age-Appropriate

You wouldn't ask a 5-year-old to take the dog for a walk by herself. But you might ask a 5-year-old to feed the dog each morning. Make sure that the chores you're asking your child to do suit their age. Also, make sure they're assigned chores that they can complete on their own without you having to go back and re-do them.

6. Daily/Weekly Chores

Divvy up the workload evenly by establishing daily chores — walking the dog, setting and cleaning the table, making their bed — and weekly chores — taking the garbage out, mowing the lawn, vacuuming.

7. Set the Example

If you are rolling up your sleeves and doing work alongside your children, you will lead by example. By putting off something that you want to do in favor of helping the family unit, you'll show your children why it's an important family commitment to keep the house clean and organized.

8. Get Input

Are you piling too much work on your children? Are they having trouble juggling their homework, activities and their housework? Every once in a while it's good to ask your children how they're managing the workload. Take their responses to heart and determine if you need to make adjustments in their chore load.

9. Be Flexible

There will be days or weeks where your child's workload at school or in after-school activities will preclude them from fulfilling their chores. Figure out a way to push something to the side or pick up the extra work yourself in order to give them a break, if necessary.