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Rabbi Shmuley recommends toddlers help out around the house with simple tasks, like putting away their shoes and toys. Also, 2- or 3-year-olds can be messengers, helping one parent bring something to the other parent in another room.
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At age 5, children can start to contribute more by helping their parents and older siblings with bigger tasks like picking up around the house, Rabbi Shmuley says.
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Elementary School Ages
Children in elementary school (ages 7, 8, 9 and 10) are old enough to help care for their younger siblings with adult supervision. For example, a 7-year-old girl can keep her baby sister occupied while Mom and Dad tend to things around the home.
Other chores elementary school–aged children can tackle:
  • Helping with laundry
  • Helping to prepare dinner
  • Setting the table
  • Loading the dishwasher
  • Drying dishes
  • Helping to clean the backyard with an older brother or sister
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Teenagers can contribute a lot, Rabbi Shmuley says. "At this point, kids can help take care of the home almost like an adult would," he says.

A 15-year-old teen can:
  • Help younger siblings with homework
  • Prepare dinner a few times a week
Rabbi Shmuley shares his rules for assigning children chores.
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