Household rules seem to vary widely across Australia, with some mums and dads doling out chores daily and others letting it slide. In the past few years, however, more Aussie families are helping their children take on their share of the household tasks.
In this article, we consider how by age eight, many children are capable of doing some basic household chores, and how that can help them develop personal responsibility while taking the weight off parents.
Let’s dive into the best chores that eight-year-olds can conquer like superhero cleaning machines (fingers-crossed).
Benefits of Teaching Kids Chores
Mum (or Dad), don’t get stuck in the rut of doing it all. While many mums want to make life fun and simple for your child by doing all their tidying up for them, teaching the importance of chores can be rewarding (and even fun!) for kids.
Aside from getting a little help around the house, you’ll also be teaching your children about responsibility, having a “pitch-in” attitude, and gratitude for others’ hard work by engaging them with their own set of household chores. These are lessons that are easier to learn at a younger age and will last a lifetime.
Chores also help children feel needed, independent, and helpful. Helping others makes us happier, so let’s spread the joy through the whole house.
Some Chores for Eight-Year-Olds
- Load dishwasher
- Put away groceries
- Tidy room or living spaces
- Wipe down their bathroom sink
- Vacuum or sweep floors
- Help with cooking dinner or making snacks
- Set and clear the table
- Wipe down countertops
- Put away own laundry
- Mop floor
How to Start a Chore Routine
Many families love to use a chore board to help keep tasks straight. This system is also a great way to motivate children to keep up with their chores if this will be a new habit.
A key idea to remember is that children are more likely to keep up with the tasks they choose. Offer a few suggestions, then let your child pick their favourite from the list. Switch up the chores at regular intervals to keep it interesting for everyone.
An eight your old is well on their way to developing a sense of identity and responsibility. While no one likes doing chores, enrolling them in family household tasks will foster these senses and hopefully help you also get through the required daily tasks with more support.
Written by Kaitlan D.
As well as a writer with a passion for education, Kaitlan works in a wellness practice, working with mothers, mothers-to-be and hopeful mothers.
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