I had to laugh at the video 10 Easy Chores for Teens because my kids start doing most of these chores when they are 5 or 6 years old. Now, I understand that my kids may do a lot more around the house than most kids these days, but these really seem like chores for younger children (at least most of them). Some of the chores they mention include:
Taking out the trash
- Changing lightbulbs
- Preparing a grocery list
- Making small meals (my 13 year old can make a full dinner with all the fixin’s)
- Laundry – washing, folding, ironing
- Preparing the house for company
This is just the tip of the iceberg for my kids. I’m not trying to put down anyone else’s parenting styles, but I can tell you (from listening to my friends who have done this) that if you don’t teach your child how to take care of the house, balance a checkbook, cook, do laundry, etc. then when they turn 18 you will have to try to teach them…this is no easy task! Personally, I believe that parents that do everything for their kids are doing a disservice to their kids. When they become adults they won’t know how to do anything for themselves. I’m not saying that kids have to do everything, but rotating through different chores and teaching them how to do everything will help them when they get out on their own much more than if you don’t.
What chores do your teenagers know how to do (right)?