Tips For Allowance And Chores, Part II

Tips For Allowance And Chores, Part II

iStock_000016819515XSmallA recent post on this blog discussed developing an allowance system for your child. Now it’s time to look at some specific ideas for age-appropriate tasks your child can regularly perform as part of an allowance or chore plan.

5 or younger

  • Cleaning up toys or their room
  • Helping with laundry separating/folding
  • Helping unpack groceries
  • Putting dirty clothes in a hamper


  • Emptying trash cans
  • Setting table
  • Removing dishes and condiments from table after meal
  • Hanging clothes in closet
  • Making bed
  • Getting mail


  • Cleaning windows
  • Sweeping/mopping
  • Dusting
  • Managing recycling process
  • Taking care of family pet(s)


  • Helping with gardening, leaf removal or mowing
  • Doing laundry
  • Helping with cooking or doing it individually
  • Hauling items to and from car
  • Vacuuming
  • Taking care of younger siblings


  • Running errands as assigned
  • Cleaning car
  • Checking fluids and tire pressure for car
  • Putting forth strong effort at school
  • Cleaning bathrooms
  • Testing smoke and/or security alarms

These are just a few suggestions to get the wheels turning. Your situation or preferences may mean different tasks are appropriate. With some trial and maybe a little error, you can develop a system that fits your wishes perfectly and teaches your child valuable lifelong lessons.

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