Do you know chores help kids learn life skills, improve confidence, encourage responsibility, and develop time management skills (source)? Children doing chores helps you, and it helps them. All the more reason to resist the whining and stay strong when assigning chores. Read my tips for helping kids succeed at chores. Much to the pleasure of 10-year-olds around the world, I’ve compiled a list of chores for 1o-year-olds. How do I know what chores 10 years olds can do? I’ve got one at home and I see firsthand how legitimately helpful she can be.
Chores for 10-year-olds
10 is an interesting age. Your child isn’t quite a kid and they’re also not a teenager. They’re not really making a mess with their toys anymore, and they’re not as helpless as they once were — although if yours is like mine, they don’t want you to know how capable they are until they’re arguing for something they want. If your 10-year-old is new to chores, start slow, explain patiently, and allow for imperfection. Check out this list of chores for 8-year-olds and then gradually move over to the chores below, depending on your child.
Do everything an 8-year-old can do, plus…
- Make their own balanced lunches from start to finish
- Load, run, and empty the dishwasher
- Make simple breakfast, lunches, and dinners
- Wash dishes
- Care for younger siblings
- Wipe down counters
- Totally clean a bathroom
- Run a load of laundry, start to finish
- Empty the garbage, bring cans to the curb
- Dust furniture
- Reorganize messy spaces
- Walk dogs
- Give dogs a bath
- Clean window sills and baseboards
- Change sheets
- Thoroughly clean their bedroom
- Vacuum a room (not stairs)
- Shovel and rake the yard
10-Year-Olds Can do Chores
This list of chores for 10-year-olds is appropriate for both the level of responsibility and physical ability, although it will vary by child. If this is your first time asking your child to do these jobs, take them through each step in the process slowly and clearly. You can even write directions down so they can refer to them again next time until the chore becomes routine.
Would you add any additional chores to this list?
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