Did you do chores when you were growing up? If you were raised in the south, it's a pretty good bet that you did. I certainly had my weekly duties when I was young, and so did my children.

The big dilemma in some households is not about whether to make your kids help out with chores, but at what age should they begin. We always had an allowance when I was growing up, but we actually worked for it!

Montessori has an age appropriate chart to determine when children are ready for certain chores around the house - use this as your handy guide for the summer!

Some are below, but be sure to check out their complete recommendations for each age group


Age 2 - 3

  • Put toys in box
  • Stock books on shelf
  • Place dirty clothes in laundry hamper

Age 4 - 5

  • Feed pets
  • Wipe up spills
  • Put away toys

Age 6 - 7

  • Replace toilet paper roll
  • Make a salad
  • Empty dishwasher

Age 8 - 9

  • Sweep porches
  • Dust furniture / tables
  • Put away groceries

Age 10 -11

  • Mow lawn
  • Sweep out garage
  • Prepare simple meal

Age 12 and up

  • Wash / vacuum car
  • Iron Clothes
  • Trim hedges