Chores For Teens

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
  • Dusting
  • 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)?


  1. Parenting style crushed…lol…but seriously, it's great for kids to learn how to do things for themselves. I tend to baby my boys, but they have their responsibilities, though nowhere near as many or as often as they probably should. When I read your post I remembered in college how so many boys would come to our dorm begging for help with laundry because they were clueless…and I couldn't believe how someone doesn't know how to put in detergent or sort clothes. It's one thing I've never made my oldest do, but I will start. 4 years should be enough practice! As for the younger one, he loves to press the buttons and tells ME where to put the fabric softener, wants the nice smelling one, etc. so I'm not worried. lol As for cooking, I will also start to have Alex cook a simple meal…he helps with bbq or salad or small stuff, but he hasn't cooked anything by himself except pancakes. Time to start, and I can always get takeout! 🙂 Thanks for the reminder Kristy…kids need to contribute, I don't like to call them chores, but life enhancements! Figure the packaging might help make it all less traumatic? 🙂

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