Galactic Hot Dogs
 
Home > Kids > Values and Responsibilities > Chores > Have You Done Your Chores?
|

Have You Done Your Chores?

By the age of four, your child should be making at least a small contribution to the family as a whole. Assigning—or better yet, letting your child choose—a job to do around the house reinforces the value of cooperation: of working together to achieve common goals. Chores also help your child move beyond self-centeredness. Through doing chores or at least helping with them, your preschooler learns that personal responsibility means contributing to the "greater good," the welfare of the entire family. Finally, doing chores also adds to your child's sense of competence and self-confidence.

Preschoolers can do a lot to help around the house. Your child can now handle such jobs as:

  • Setting or clearing the table
  • Putting dishes in the sink or dishwasher
  • Making her own bed
  • Emptying wastebaskets
  • Putting her dirty clothes in the laundry hamper or basket
  • Sorting laundry into whites and colors
  • Matching socks
  • Bringing in the newspaper or the mail from the mailbox

Besides her assigned or chosen chore, let your preschooler do as much to help as she seems interested or willing to do. Encourage her to help. You will probably get more willing cooperation if you try to make the jobs as fun as you can. (Think of Tom Sawyer whitewashing Aunt Polly's fence.)

More on: Preschool

|

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Parenting a Preschooler and Toddler, Too © 1997 by Keith M. Boyd, M.D., and Kevin Osborn. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit Amazon's web site or call 1-800-253-6476.


highlights

Top 10 Sweet 16 Birthday Gifts
Your daughter's sweet 16 is a big milestone in her life. Celebrate this special occasion with one of these top gifts for girls turning 16.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, brought to you by Galactic Hot Dogs.

Printable Lists of the Top 100 Baby Names
Need help with baby name ideas? Use our printable list of the top 100 girl names and top 100 boy names of 2015 to help you brainstorm and narrow down your favorites.

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Wondering what to do now that you've signed your child up for kindergarten? Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks