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what jobs, if any, do you 7/8/9 year olds do around the house

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anniebear Sun 09-Aug-09 19:09:45

thinking it's about time DD actually did something!

she is 8 in a few weeks


anniebear Sun 09-Aug-09 19:29:50

Hope lots of you tell me some...Im going to show her your replies lol lol

misdee Sun 09-Aug-09 19:32:10


bring down dirty laundry

putting clothes away

sweeping kitchen floor (this is after they have done crafts or amde a mess)

wiping down table

[putting their toys away

feeding animals

getting their bags ready for school.

notsoteenagemum Sun 09-Aug-09 19:41:14

In theory my dd aged9 should,
Put clean clothes away,
Make her bed,
Empty her bedroom bin,
Keep her room/stuff generally tidy,
Put cups etc used by her in the dishwasher,
Get her stuff ready for school
Empty her basket(of stuff I find lying around the house)at the end of each day.
If she did all these she would get £5 a week pocket money.

In practise,
I nag until I'm blue in the face,
she does said task poorly with accompanied grumbling and protesting.
She gets no pocket money.

Mintyy Sun 09-Aug-09 19:46:24

My 8 year old

feeds the cat

puts her clean clothes away and dirty clothes in the laundry basket

clears table after meals (she and 5 year old ds together)

helps me hang out washing

waters the window box and patio plants

tidies playroom (but only after threats and bribes)

fetches my glasses for me if I've left them in another room (about 200 times a day).

does a bit of dusting once in a blue moon if I decide to dust when she's not at school.

Am sahm, so she probably does less than an 8 year old with two full-time working parents.

kittywise Sun 09-Aug-09 19:50:02

Ok, this is what I expect my 5,7, 9 and 10 year olds to do.

help tidy kitchen, incl, cleaning surfaces, loading,unloading dishwasher, sweeping and mopping floor, tidying away stuff that doesn't belong in kitchen

tidy hallways, stairs, corridors, play room, including hoovering
keep their rooms tidy, put dirty clothes into laundry

I have a rota system so they do different jobs on different days and they all all pretty good actually.

ds1 moans that his friends don't have to do house work.
I say more fool their mothers and that ds1 will be the one laughing in a few years time when he knows how to look after himself and his mates haven't got a clue.

They also cook dinner regularly, because they want to not because I ask!!

My 3 year old is hoovering the playroom as I type and doing a damn good jobgrin

Takver Sun 09-Aug-09 19:59:16

My 7 yo

- clears the table after herself (the one thing that is a 'rule')
- used to feed the chickens but we've now got an automatic feeder - but she still goes & checks on them/investigates if they are making a fuss
- helps if I'm cleaning & she's at home with hoovering, sweeping & the like
- random fetching & carrying, getting glasses of water for us, laying table, feeding the cat etc, but none of these is 'her job', just depends who is around.
- takes her possessions out of common space & up to her room when asked (mostly - she does quite often get distracted en route & leave them somewhere else random, but she's not the only one in the house to do this )

cat64 Sun 09-Aug-09 20:18:48

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ReneRusso Sun 09-Aug-09 20:30:41

Pairing socks
Feeding the dog
Watering plants
Putting laundry away
Putting cutlery away from dishwasher
Occasionally hoovering, dusting
Tidying up their room
Sweeping the floor
Help put shopping away
Clearing plates after a meal

anniebear Sun 09-Aug-09 21:39:56

wow!! lol anyones kids dont do as much as this !!

wait till she read sit

thanks x

anniebear Sun 09-Aug-09 21:50:19

too be fair I am probably the worlds worst house wife, so they have no 'good example' to follow!!

I know if I mention to her that I am going to do a small list for her she will yell!!


changenameruk Sun 09-Aug-09 22:25:19

my ds aged 9 does

wash up
dry up /put Way
load washing machine
load tumble dryer
bring down washing
sweep up
make own breakfast
make own lunch box
clean out lunch box
errands to shop
tidy room
make own bed
make a simple lunch (beans on toast)
clear up his own mess.

He does a lot as i am a single parent and i wwork full time and he has a cronically ill sibling that i care for. so he helps me out a lot

he is paid £5 a week for his jobs

anniebear Mon 10-Aug-09 07:38:20

changenameruk, Your DS sounds fab

Buda Mon 10-Aug-09 07:46:21

Read this with interest as we want to get DS started on doing jobs and he wants to start earning pocket money.

Am impressed at some of what your DCs do!

So is a fiver a week the norm then? I did ask on a thread a while ago and someone said their DD got 1.50.

juuule Mon 10-Aug-09 08:14:42

Not that much that they can't do.

Just usually not very consistent and not without being asked lots of times.

6yo is much more conscientous. There's time for her to grow out of it, I suppose.hmm

Overmydeadbody Mon 10-Aug-09 08:26:31

your DD is 8 and doesn't do anything around the house yet?!??!?

Why have you left it so long?shock

Overmydeadbody Mon 10-Aug-09 08:28:56

Children can help with pretty much everything around the house, from a very young age, all you have to do is train them and show them hoe to do it properly.

A little bit of time invested in teaching them how to do housework will pay dividends later smile

weegiemum Mon 10-Aug-09 08:30:30

Setting/clearing table
Tidying up own mess
Putting away laundry
Putting on the washing machine
Wiping down tables
Get own breakfast
Hang up washing
Hoovering (not very well)
Get things ready for school
Older dd (9) helps with cooking and goes to the shops for me on occasion.

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 10-Aug-09 08:33:24

dd doesn't have particular jobs as such other than looking after her own room and clearing up after herself.

However, I do expect her to be willing to help when I ask, we all share jobs that need doing.

She gets £2 pocket money a week independent of what she does around the house.

Takver Mon 10-Aug-09 11:51:25

I prefer BadKitten's approach - pocket money is 50p/week with no strings, and rather than have specific jobs I expect dd to help out generally - DH & I don't segregate tasks, so it would seem a bit unnatural to have specific ones for dd. We are also very erratic at housework, tends to be the occasional blitz rather than consistent tidiness IYKWIM.

squatchette Mon 10-Aug-09 12:06:14

What a great thread .I almost started one similar the other day but thought aibu?
Mine are 5 6 and 11 months and apart from the babys hoover obsession they do very little.
I asked their Dad what he thought about giving them some chores and he said he and all his siblings had to do them (they were a family of 18 though lol).I never had to do chores as a child and think this may be connected to my deep loathing of housework.I do it don't get me wrong but I hate it and seem to moan a lot tooblush.
My girls are unbelievably messy and I just thought if they had to help keep the house clean and tidy they wouldn't be so quick to make a mess!
As for the pocket money issue mine don't get it but i'm sure I spend way more than £5 each a week on treats.They don't understand the value of money either so I think chores and pocket money are now the way forward.
Better go wake the baby she's got floors to cleanwink.

Takver Mon 10-Aug-09 12:15:30

Now, I don't like the linking of chores and pocket money. My take on it is that we all make the mess, so we should all be helping to deal with it, and why should one member of the family be paid for their help.

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 10-Aug-09 12:19:20

Exactly how I feel Takver, looking after the house and garden is just part of family life.

flatcapandpearls Mon 10-Aug-09 12:22:49

DD has to keep her room tidy, hoovered and clean. She is also expected to:
tidy up after herself at the dinner table do the compsosting.
Bring her washing down and help me peg out the wasing.
Tidy her garden toys.
Put away after herself.
Put her ironing away

She earns her pocket money for doing the following:
Feeding the animals
Cleaning the bathroom
Polishing around the house ( although she costs me a fortune in polish)
There are other jobs that I cant remember.

I like the fact that she associates her money with "work" it doesnt come from nowhere. She has been saving for a new dress and consequently has been working like a little trooper lately.

stitchtime Mon 10-Aug-09 12:26:19

i never link money with hosework. i see that as bieing a part of living in a home and family, and consequently not paid work
my kids ahave to put their laundry away. move clothes from washing machie to tumble dryer, and sometimes load the wash as well
tidy their rooms
thats it really. help me clean up as and when. someitme s load tehdishwasher, but no specific duties. and my six year old loves helping me cook. she sees it at sfun

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