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Chores for a 7 Year Old?

Hi there,
My seven year old son avoids work of all kind with a lot of creativity. I am curious about what chores/ responsibilities other moms require of their kids to make sure I am not asking too much. Thanks!

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My daughter, who is eight, has to do the following chores:
1. take the dog out in the afternoon
2. wash dishes
3. clean her room
4. put away her clothes
5. help me with her younger brother and sister from time to time.
She hated doing these things too. I worked them in gradually and did them with her at first. It helped.

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Hi there, I have a 10,9 and a 4 year old they do chores like loading the dishwasher and feed the dogs. They also have to keep their rooms clean. Now the 4 year old just has to clean up her toys and make her bed and they all have to brush their teeth.

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I have a "chore chart" for my children. My boys are 6 and 5. My daughter is not 3 yet, so she is exempt! :)
My children must do the following:
get dressed
brush their teeth
make their beds
put dirty clothes in hamper
make sure room is tidy
do their homework
clear their dishes from the table after eating all meals
keep the playroom tidy when done playing

They earn stars for doing these basic things. If they need to be reminded of these things, they risk losing a star.
After they earn enough stars they can get stickers as a reward.
As they get older I will include things like: cleaning their bathroom, filling the dishwasher, etc. But then of course, I'm sure they won't want Spiderman stickers anymore! :)

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My 8 year old daughter must pick up her room every night. Also she has to make her bed, get her clothes out for the next day and make sure she brushes her teeth. She is rewarded for finishing her tasks.

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My 5 year old is responsible for feeding and watering our cats, setting the table, keeping his room straight and dusting the living room (within reason and I do NOT expect perfection. It just keeps him busy). He also helps me with the laundry. He loves to load the washer and dryer. I do not let him handle the soaps or settings. He has a very sturdy stool that we allow him to use.

Good luck.

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Hi there, I have a 10,9 and a 4 year old they do chores like loading the dishwasher and feed the dogs. They also have to keep their rooms clean. Now the 4 year old just has to clean up her toys and make her bed and they all have to brush their teeth.

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My daughter, who is eight, has to do the following chores:
1. take the dog out in the afternoon
2. wash dishes
3. clean her room
4. put away her clothes
5. help me with her younger brother and sister from time to time.
She hated doing these things too. I worked them in gradually and did them with her at first. It helped.

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Hi there,
I just found a great website in a magazine. It's kind of like webkins, except instead of earning points by playing games, you earn points for doing your chores and stuff. it looks pretty cool. it's www.handipoints.com. it has charts and stuff to help track his progress too. hope this helps!

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My daughter is only 2, so we are not at the chores stage yet, obviously, but my sister has an almost 8 year old and a 6 year old (and a 2 year old but he doesn't do chores, again, obviously). Her 8 and 6 year old have to do small things like clean up their rooms, straighten/make their beds, clean up their toys, etc. Its nothing set on a weekly basis or anything like that and its not always enforced strictly, either but rather encouraged. It teaches them to be responsible for their personal belongings and taking care of their things, especially since their 2 year old brother likes to get into their things! Good luck!

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My daughter just turned 9 years old. She has been helping around the house since she was 4. Started small and worked up to bigger things.
1. collect trash cans in bathroom and bedrooms and dump in big trash can in the garage
2. help collect laundry, transfer clean clothing from washer to dryer, put own clothing away
3. help with gardens: water, pull weeds, collect ripened tomatoes, help husk corn, collect rippened peppers, etc.
4. helps dust furniture
5. can clean some dishes (no glass or heavy duty pots/pan)
There are more things, but just can't think of them right now. I believe chores now help them develope a good work ethic.

Hi Patty,

I have 2 boys, 5 and 6. Together they clean up all the toys every night. They also put their dirty clothes in the hamper, unpack their school bags, and clear their dishes when done eating. My 6 year old loads the dishwasher (when there are not too many dishes) and the 5 year old helps me fold towels. I give them money for their piggy bank if they do a great job each week.


My son is now 10 and my daughter is also 7 they share chores my daughter sets and takes down the table for dinner, my son will wash dishes on occasion, help take out the trash and once in a while help make his little sisters bottles. These are things they like to do most of the time w/the exception of the garbage but every once in a while he will even ask me to do the bathtub so he can play and slide around so it really depends on the child's maturity and mood that day

Hi Patty,
I have 4 1/2 and 2 1/2 sons that both have chores/responsibilies they do on a daily basis. I am a firm believer in teaching them early. They both make their beds, get dressed and go to the bathroom. The older one empties the silverware in the dishwasher, the younger one feeds the dog. They both empty the garbages in their rooms and split the bathrooms on garbage day. Straightening up the playroom is done on a nightly basis so they can find their toys the next day. My older son is in karate every day and the little one follows closely behind. The main focus is respect and pride. I feel all the chores and responsibilites help build a scense of pride and respect..

Good luck and be strong...K. R.

My twin nephews chores are:
Make their bed, keep their bathroom cleaned (towels off the floor, rinse out the tooth paste from the sink), put their dishes in the sink after meals, and put their clothes away. It's not a lot and they get things done.

Hi Patty. At 7 yrs old my kids learned how to do the dinner dishes, (yeah I washed the big stuff) to take out the trash and to take out and feed the dog. The three take one of each chore and have to do it for a week (we tried switching daily but that just turned into a huge pain.) We also expected them to straighten up their room, make their bed and put away their clean clothes. Sure at 7 you have to help and supervise, but there is no reason why they can't maintain their room or use a swiffer! Good luck!

Hi patty, my daughter is 6 and she collects the trash for me from all the rooms, makes her bed and helps me clear the table after dinner. I reward her with a trip to the dollar store if she does all these things and she loves it. Maybe try the reward system. I don't think you would be asking to much of him to do any of these things at all. Good luck with this. R. C.

I understand your question is for a 7 yr old but this is what we do in our house with younger children. My son is about to turn 4 and he just got the job of taking out the recycle garbage bags. He is so proud to have a responsibility. On the other hand, when its time to clean up his toys he whines, "This is gonna take soooooo long" and it doesn't always go well.
Both children (3 and 2) take an interest in helping out in the kitchen so I let them help with what they are capable of. I let my daughter (2) put the pots and pans away when I'm doing dishes. I also let them fold wash clothes when doing laundry. Sometimes I let them spread their peanut butter on their sandwiches.
I feel its never too early to get them involved. It empowers them while teaching them responsibility.
PS. The folding and sandwich spreading are principles practiced in Montessori which helps in their learning to read (left to right top to bottom).

We also have a responsibilities chart- which sometimes doesn't really work for us. My daughters have simple things, make their bed, pick up their toys, help feed the dog, and set the table. Most of the time they fight on who gets to feed the dog!! Good luck!

When my oldest was a toddler, he loved to help me unload the dishwasher. I should've kept up on it, because now it's usually like pulling teeth to get him to do anything (he's now 8). I do have him set the table and all 3 of my kids have to put their dirty dishes in the sink. He sometimes wants to help vacuum, so I'm encouraging that, and my 6 yo daughter likes to dust with my lambswool duster. I'm trying to get them to keep their rooms clean with a little pickup every day, and I've started teaching them how to do things properly, like vacuuming and mopping. I grew up having to do chores, so did most of us, so at 7 I don't think it's too much to ask to start helping out.

We have a Chore Chart that has a list of things that my daughter must get done every day. Her list is:
Unload silverware, plastic storage, and pans from dishwasher
Help bring laundry to laundry room
Make her own bed
Pick up shoes beside back door and distribute to bedrooms
Keep family room neat - toys put away, books where they belong, no clothes/shoes around
Get dressed quickly without complaint.
No whining

Every time a job is completed she gets a check, and each check is worth a small amount (about 6 cents!) That means that she earns about 48 cents a day, which is about 3.36/week. She can earn extra by being obedient, and we can take away checks as well.

She generally earns enough to rent 2 movies and treat a week, but right now she is saving her own money to but a new Webkin.

Good Luck.

Hi Patty,

Here's a web site:


Hope this helps.


We just created a chore chart for our 3 1/2 year old. I made it on the computer. I took pictures of him doing the 3 things I wanted him to work on doing independently (feeding the cats, brushing his teeth, and picking up his toys). I used the pictures so that he can see what he is to do even if someone can't read it to him.

We started by having him do the things 1 hour before bed time. He put a sticker on the chart as he finished each chore. Then the first night, we gave him a quarter after he finished the chores. Then we gave him a quarter after 2 days, 2 quarters after 3 days, and so on until we got him to the dollar a week we wanted him to have.

We made it part of our routine and now most nights as soon as he gets out of the bathtub, he runs to his chart so he can complete his chores.

Hope this helps =O}

Try housefairy.com or flylady.com for tips

I am not sure about a seven year old but my three and a half year old daughter has chores, well sort of. She knows how to clean her room, i. e. put her toys in the correct places. We bought her a cubbie hole type thing to help with space and to teach her that everything has a place. Me and my daughter do it toghether and make a game out of it, plus she enjoys the time with me alone. She also knows how to throw her own garbage in the trashe can, like capri sun pouches and how to dump her bowel of whatever, like dry cereal or fruit and so forth and so on. That is the extent of her chores but try starting your son out with that.


We have our 7-year-old son swiffer the stairs from the second floor to the first floor weekly in order to earn his allowance ($1). He bags out of it (and forfeits his allowance) about a third of the time. Other times I require him to clean up his room (he's a major pack rat), help straighten the living room, get all his stuff out of our dining room where things tend to collect, dust the furniture, vacuum the living room rug, and occassionally use a swiffer wet jet to mop the basement. Sometimes he offers to help, but mostly he's looking to either use interesting cleaning tools or to earn extra money.

Good luck!

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