Focus on the Family

Age-Appropriate Chores

Do you know which chores your child can do?

by Sheila Seifert

What chores are important for your children to learn, and what are they capable of doing?

First, recognize the difference between a chore (an ongoing task that benefits the household) and a life skill (an activity that children should know how to do before living on their own, such as managing a checking account). The following list does not include life skills. It is a list of chores.

Second, remember that every child matures at a different pace. Adjust this chart to what you know about your children's skills and talents, and realize that no child should do all of the chores listed below every day.

With those two qualifiers in mind, here are some general guidelines for personal and family chores. This list is only meant as a guide and reflects the types of chores that many children in these age ranges are capable of completing:

Ages 2 and 3

Personal chores

Family chores

Ages 4 and 5

Note: This age can be trained to use a family chore chart.

Personal chores

Family chores

Ages 6 and 7

Note: This age can be supervised to use a family chore chart.

Personal chores

Family chores

Ages 8 to 11

Note: This age benefits from using a family chore chart.

Personal chores

Family chores

Ages 12 and 13

Personal chores

Family chores

Ages 14 and 15

Personal chores

Family chores

Ages 16 to 18

Personal chores

Family chores

Would you like help creating a chore chart? Download these PDFs and get started:

Chore Chart for Youngsters Chore Chart for Tweens