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Moms here in Madrid are usually surprised when they learn that I make my kids do chores and help around the house. Especially when I tell them I started chores at 2 years old, when I know my kids can clean up their toys. Every culture is different in their parenting and sometimes, there’s no right or wrong.  But for me, it’s important for my kids to learn responsibility and what it means to be part of a family that works together as a team. So here are some of the chores I make my 5, 7, 9, and 11 year old do:

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Chores for My 5 Year Old:

  • Help hang the laundry.
  • Put away clean clothes.
  • Put away towels.
  • Wipe the table.
  • Set the table.
  • Put away the dishes from the dishwasher.
  • Clean his room.
  • Clean up his toys.

Chores for My (Almost) 7 Year Old:

  • All of the above and
  • Fold clean towels.
  • Help clean the living room.

Chores for My (Almost) 9 Year Old:

  • All of the above and
  • Start the laundry.
  • Sweep the floors (occasionally).
  • Mop the floors (occasionally).
  • Make dinner or dessert (occasionally).

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Chores for My 11 Year Old:

  • All of the above and
  • Hang the laundry.
  • Fold all clean clothes and towels and laundry.
  • Put the dishes in the dishwasher (occasionally).

These are a lot of chores for kids for some families and these are minimal for other families. Everyone has a different standard but I think it’s important to have at least some chores. Because what the kids are learning are life skills for when they grow older and learning that it is good to contribute to and help out the family. They are learning that we all need to do our part to have a happy home and a happy family.

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Los madres aqui en Madrid normalmente se sorprenden cuando ellas saben que mis hijos tienen que hacer las tareas de casa. Especialemente cuando les digo que los niños  empiezan a los 2 años; por ejemplo, colocar sus juguetes. Cada cultura es different en la educación de los niños, y algunas veces, no hay una forma correcta o incorrecta. Pero para mí, es importante enseñar a los niños a ser responsables, y qué es ser parte de una familia que trabaja junta como un equipo.

  • Aquí tines una lista de algunas tareas de mis hijos:
  • Ayudar a colgar la ropa en el tendedero.
  • Recoger la ropa limpia.
  • Limpiar la mesa.
  • Poner la mesa.
  • Sacar los platos limpios del lavavajillas.
  • Ordenar su habitación.
  • Recoger sus juguetes.
  • Doblar la ropa.

Algunas familias pensarán que es mucho y otras que es lo mínimo. Cada familia tiene diferentes patrones, pero pienso que es importante tener al menos algunas tareas. Los niños necesitan aprender destrezas de la vida para cuando crezcan.

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