The life of a working mom can be tough, trying to juggle the demands of your job with the responsibilities of caring for your family and your home. To make life a bit easier, working moms can create a chore list for the family, so that housework is shared equally (or at least shared) with everyone.
Toddlers and Preschoolers
Toddlers and preschoolers love helping Mom out with chores, and it can actually be good for them. Chores give young children a sense of responsibility and get them into the habit of helping out. While your little one probably can't do household chores completely on her own, she can do some with a bit of help from a parent or older sibling. Chores that toddlers and preschool-age kids can do include making their bed, picking up toys, assisting with setting the table, dusting and helping match socks when the laundry is done.
School-age kids can begin helping out more at home, since they are able to complete some chores on their own. Kids like to make a contribution to the family and feel needed. At this age, your children can choose their own clothes for the day and dress themselves, help fold laundry, carry the trash out, vacuum or sweep and put clean dishes away. Kids can also start learning how to put their own clean laundry away and how to prepare some meals with your help.
Tweens are at an age where they are just learning to become more independent and can handle additional responsibilities. This means your tween can accomplish a larger variety of chores and be expected to complete them successfully. You can teach your tween how to do some laundry and how to properly keep the bathrooms clean. She can wash the dishes and learn how to load and unload the dishwasher. You could also begin to teach your tween how to help with younger siblings, by watching them while you run an errand, or how to help get a sibling ready for school in the mornings.
Your teenager is old enough to know what his responsibilities are and to get chores done without being asked. This doesn't always mean that he'll do his chores, however. Teens are focused on creating their own identity and learning to become independent people, but it's still important for your teenager to learn how to be responsible and keep up with his chores. Not only does this help you out, it also teaches him how to care for himself when he is living on his own, either at college or in a first apartment. Your teen should be able to clean up after himself, do his own laundry, help with yard work, assist in preparing family meals and help with grocery shopping when you give him a detailed list.
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