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Parenting Experts Say Kids as Young as 18 Months Should Be Given Weekly Chores

Woman's Day Logo By Lyndsey Matthews of Woman's Day | Slide 1 of 13: Going back to school means easing into a new routine, and if you're worried about getting your kids organized and making sure they stay on top of their chores and homework this year, you can get them started on new habits with these genius DIY chore chart ideas. Whether in the form of a simple printable sheet, a magnetic chore board, or any other creative homemade option that works for your family, chore charts are a great way to teach your kids problem solving and money management skills — not to mention get your children to actually do chores without nagging.Of course, you'll also have to come up with some good age-appropriate responsibilities to put on your chore chart. Parenting experts say kids as young as 18 months can handle basic weekly chores, and it's a great age to start nurturing their budding independence. To get you started, here are some chore chart ideas by age group, from toddlers to teens:Chore Chart Ideas for Kids Under 6Pick up toysTidy roomHelp adult with sweepingBrush teethComb hairDustingChore Chart Ideas for Kids 7-12Wash and put away laundry Feed petsVacuum floorsMake lunchCarry out trashPut away dishesChore Chart Ideas for Kids 13+Clean bathroomHelp with yard workClean baseboardsMop kitchen floorWash the carClean out fridgeNow that you're armed with what should be on a chore chart, check out these simple chore chart ideas that you can easily make at home:

Going back to school means easing into a new routine, and if you're worried about getting your kids organized and making sure they stay on top of their chores and homework this year, you can get them started on new habits with these genius DIY chore chart ideas. Whether in the form of a simple printable sheet, a magnetic chore board, or any other creative homemade option that works for your family, chore charts are a great way to teach your kids problem solving and money management skills — not to mention get your children to actually do chores without nagging.

Of course, you'll also have to come up with some good age-appropriate responsibilities to put on your chore chart. Parenting experts say kids as young as 18 months can handle basic weekly chores, and it's a great age to start nurturing their budding independence. To get you started, here are some chore chart ideas by age group, from toddlers to teens:

Chore Chart Ideas for Kids Under 6

  • Pick up toys
  • Tidy room
  • Help adult with sweeping
  • Brush teeth
  • Comb hair
  • Dusting

Chore Chart Ideas for Kids 7-12

  • Wash and put away laundry
  • Feed pets
  • Vacuum floors
  • Make lunch
  • Carry out trash
  • Put away dishes

Chore Chart Ideas for Kids 13+

  • Clean bathroom
  • Help with yard work
  • Clean baseboards
  • Mop kitchen floor
  • Wash the car
  • Clean out fridge

Now that you're armed with what should be on a chore chart, check out these simple chore chart ideas that you can easily make at home:

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