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.
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.
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
Helping to clean the backyard with an older brother or sister
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.
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