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Summer and Chores

Summer is here and your children are involved in sports, camps, swimming, and play. But don’t let these carefree days pass you by! Summer is a great time to teach important life skills in and around the house.

Need some ideas for implementing chores with your littles? Here are some of our favorite ideas along with age appropriate chores to get the ball rolling…

Make it Fun! Turn it into a game. Make a chore chart or jar, let them choose their tasks or have them earn extra allowance for the extra tasks. Kids love incentives – do all your chores by noon and get 30 minutes more media/screen time for the day.

Leave Room for Extras If they start begging for more time or more money, have them help with the bigger chores like washing the car or scrubbing the BBQ pit. This, of course, depends on the age of your children – see below for a list of age appropriate chores. They could even work together, older children helping younger ones – and you could reward the whole gang with a movie or a trip to the ice cream parlor.

Show Me the Money! If you’ve tied an allowance to summer chores, make sure your children understand the purpose of the money and are clear on the rules. Spell out the amount, purpose, and expectations for the allowance in advance, and monitor the spending to teach important decision-making lessons.

Age Appropriate Chores 2-3 year olds

  1. Make bed

  2. Pick up toys

  3. Help feed pets

  4. Sweep the floor

  5. Help with dusting – fun with an old sock on their hands!

4-5 year olds

  1. Water plants

  2. Set and clear the table

  3. Helping pack lunch

  4. Vacuum the floor

  5. Help to put away groceries

6-8 year olds

  1. Clean toilets

  2. Taking trash and recycling bags outside

  3. Bringing in cans or recycling bins

  4. Folding and putting away laundry

  5. Clean the microwave

9-12 year olds

  1. Washing dishes

  2. Helping prepare dinner

  3. Raking leaves

  4. Laundry

  5. Cleaning shower/tubs

Mesa Pediatric Urgent Care and Gilbert Pediatric Urgent Care

Save time and money this summer by visiting AllKids Pediatric Urgent Care. Both our Mesa and Gilbert locations are open every day, including holidays, from noon to 10 pm. Click here for more information about us and our services.

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