|Choosing the Right Chores
Most parents underestimate their children's abilities
to help in the home. It can be easy to forget that a
child who has mastered a complicated computer
game can easily manage using the dishwasher!
Understanding a child's stage of development and
choosing age appropriate jobs can help the entire
family work together and maximize resources.
It is recommended that parents review chapter
three in the Accountable Kids book to determine the
child's developmental stage before implementing
these suggestions. Leaning and completing these
chores can develop motivation, work ethic, life skills,
and confidence during critical windows of
development. Small children are capable of
completing one or two simple extra jobs but as
children get older, and more
capable, they can handle a larger quantity of jobs,
as well as those that are more complex.
Ages 2 to 3: Help make bed, pick
up toys, help feed
pets, put clothes in hamper, wipe up messes, dust,
mop small areas, pile books or magazines, lay out
clothes for the next day self.
Ages 4 to 5: Any of the above
plus, make own bed,
empty wastebaskets, bring in mail or newspaper,
clear and set the table, help in the kitchen, dust, use
hand-held vacuum to pick up crumbs, dress self,
water flowers, unload utensils from dishwasher, wash
plastic dishes at sink, help carry and put away
Ages 6 to 8: Any of the above
plus, fold and put
away laundry, sweep floors, handle personal hygiene,
set and clear table, prepare school lunch, take out
trash, weed, rake leaves, keep bedroom tidy, pour
own drinks, answer telephone.
Ages 9 to 12: Any of the above
dishwasher, vacuum, sweep, mop, cook simple foods,
make own snacks, wash table after meals, sew
buttons, run own bath, make own breakfast, peel
vegetables, cook simple food (such as toast), walk
pets, pack own suitcase, clean bathroom, operate
washer and dryer.
Ages 13 and up: Any of the above
dishwasher, do all laundry functions, wash windows,
wash car, cook meals with supervision, iron clothes,
baby-sit younger siblings (with adult in the home),
clean out refrigerator, clean stove and oven, make
grocery lists, mow lawn, clean kitchen, change bed,
make cookies or cake from box mix, plan birthday
party, have neighborhood job - such as pet care or
yard work, or have a paper route.
|Book of the Month
Boris von der Borch is a mean, greedy
old pirate --
tough as nails, through and through, like all pirates.
Or is he? When a young boy sneaks onto Boris's ship,
he discovers that the pirates aren't quite what he
expected. This is a simple story that shows young
readers that even rough and tough pirates cry when
faced with difficult circumstances.
|Just A Thought
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is
progress; working together is success.
|It is going to be a great day!
2007 Conference Schedule
This year Accountable Kids will be attending new
conferences, seminars, and expos. We are looking
forward to the upcoming events and invite you to
join us. Check out the link to see if
Accountable Kids is coming to your area.
View 2007 Schedule