As a 26-year-old who’s never figured out how to use a lawn mower you can imagine my surprise reading that tending to the grass is apparently considered an achievable chore for a child who’s nine.
Apparently I wasn’t the only one either, and parents are hotly divided over a chart of “age appropriate” chores which was recently posted by a popular parenting blogger.
According to the list that appeared on the “School Mum” Facebook page, but originally came from an American parenting site, children should be completing simple household chores from as young as two. By 12 they should be capable of ironing.
The divisive post making mums and dads mental:
My own ineptitude aside, it’s probably reasonable to expect your kids to help out around the house where they’re capable, but I’ll be honest, the list at hand seems rather aspirational.
At two to three-years old, kids should already be making their beds, picking up toys and putting their laundry in the dirty washing basket. They can also help feed pets, wipe up after themselves and even do some dusting, apparently.
By four or five, they ought to be setting the table and loading and unloading the dishwasher. They’ll also be moving laundry about, matching their socks, folding their clothes, straightening their rooms and bringing in the mail.
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From six to eight your once clueless children will morph into dishwasher pros. You'll probably find yourself blinded by sparkling surfaces and wondering your kids even are. Hint: they'll likely be in the laundry, now sorting clothes by colours, or in the kitchen pre-making their lunches for the week. Or gardening. Or emptying their bins.