Although kids often complain about chores, children who are expected to perform regular household chores are happier than those who do not. Additionally, they have an increase in grit scores (persistence).
Learning habits take firm root in children by 3rd grade, so it’s helpful for parents to know what chores are age appropriate. Use these guides (also available in the book The Learning Habit) to keep yourself and your child on the right track to self-sufficiency. Remember, you’re building grit!
This is when parents introduce the concept of shared responsibility for self and home maintenance. At this early age, it’s a game to them; “First we put our toys away, then we have our (supper, snack, bath).” When teaching children a new skill, for instance, making the bed, use praise for effort.
Don’t criticize or redo chores they have not done to your expectations. This is a process; they will continue to work at work tucking in the corners of sheets.
This is the year it is really important that children start to learn by trial and error!