Age appropriate chores for kids 11

Chores, I know that chores can be a polarising issue, but they are something that I insist my kids do.  Well, age appropriate chores for kids will always be something of a minefield, but that doesn’t mean we should shy away from them.

Age Appropriate Chores for Children: Having chores for kids to do sets them up for success in many areas of life,. Here's a guide to where to begin and how to be successful.  Also a fab free age appropriate chores printable.

Now I know this is going to be controversial, but I am a big believer in everyone having some responsibility in our home and doing things for the good of the family.  So I do not pay the boys for doing chores.  It is expected of them and as they get older they get used to helping out around the house.

I do what is best for my family at the time.  We still have our battles, in fact getting Mini to keep his room clean is a constant issue!

Age appropriate chores for kids

I often find what works best is setting a timer and doing things together, especially for my ultra competitive boys.  Another way that works for my family is putting some music on loud and dancing through the cleaning!

Just look at Mini doing the vacuuming.  It has become his job since we got our new Bissell PowerGlide® Cordless Vacuum Cleaner.  Mini used to like vacuuming, but he always got tangled up in the cord, so the fact that this vacuum has 45 minutes power from its battery and it makes it so much easier for him.

That is one of my tips, make it easy for the kids to help.  Give them the tools to help, whether than be mini sweeping brushes or their own cleaning kit.  You can not expect your ten year old to empty the bins if they do not know where the bin bags are.

Age appropriate chores for kids

Oh and my biggest tip is don’t expect it to be up to your standard or as fast as you could do it yourself, but do not take over.  You want to encourage them to do it, so praise them and encourage them.

Age Appropriate Chores for Kids

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Review of the Bissell PowerGlide® Cordless Vacuum Cleaner


Since I am no longer the chief vavummer in the house, I asked Mini to give you the low down on the  Bissell PowerGlide® Cordless Vacuum Cleaner.

It is great having a vacuum cleaner that you do not have to plug in, it means I can use it without getting tangled in the cords.  This vacuum is really simple to use and moves really well on both our hard floor and carpet.

I like that it has a brush attachment for the wand as it means I can dust the skirting board, but I would have liked a longer wand as I can not reach the ceiling with it (but I am only 9)!

I also would have liked a warning when the battery was about to run out, instead the machine just cuts off, but being a lithium battery it does charge pretty quickly.

I like that the canister is small and easy to empty, this means that I can do it on my own straight into the kitchen bin.

From my point of view the fact that it is cordless has meant that it is used more often and that is great, but personally I found the suction from the hose a little light and sometimes I forgot to change the switch from hose to upright.  It definitely doesn’t have the same suction as a corded machine as we can use it on our rugs at the front door without it lifting the rug.  However, the main advantage of this machine is that it is cordless and who would have thought that we would have cordless, rechargeable (not handheld) vacuums that had the battery life to clean an average home (ours is 4 beds and it cleans that in one charge) just a few years ago!

The Bissell PowerGlide® Cordless Vacuum Cleaner will not be replacing our corded machine yet, as it isnt as powerful or has as much suction as it, but it is perfect for regular use and for the boys to use.   There is never a whinge when we had to grab it if there is mud dragged in (which there often is).  So there is a place for this in our home, but I am still looking for the holy grail of vacuum cleaners that can deal with all the floor surfaces in our home.

Can a cordless vacuum replace a corded one? Is there room in your home for a cordless vacuum? Bissell PowerGlide® Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Review


Disclosure: we were sent a free  Bissell PowerGlide® Cordless Vacuum Cleaner to review

11 thoughts on “Age appropriate chores for kids

  • liz Burton

    Interesting list. My daughter is 8 and is absolutely terrible at doing anything. She has a paddy when I ask her to tidy her own room!

    She lays the table, takes the bathroom stuff upstairs after shopping, and is supposed to clear her bedroom/playroom. but it rarely happens without trauma LOL

  • Sara-Jayne

    So far I’ve gotten away with the boys enjoying chores – especially wiping up and vacuuming. Now, picking up Lego is a different matter! We don’t give pocket money either as they are so young – that’s always controversial too.

  • The Mummy Diary

    I have always tried to include my children in chores, they put washing out, help lay the table and make dinner out and my daughter has always enjoyed ‘helping’ me sweep up from an early age. They now enjoy doing it and often ask if they can, makes life easier for all of us, great post and I love the chart, may have to see what else I can get them to do 😉

  • Louise

    I am going to print out this list as I know my boys should do more about the house. I would love a cordless vacuum cleaner that looks like a brilliant product and boys always love a gadget. Fab rug too! xx

  • Michelle

    I wonder if we named chores something more exciting, they wouldn’t seem so much like… well… a chore! Great printable Jen!

  • Erica Price

    I agree with you on the chores front. My son vacuums the stairs each week with a hand held vacuum. I’d like to find a daily job for him to do, but I haven’t found the right one yet because he either can’t physically do it or he isn’t around when it needs to be done.

  • Cass@frugalfamily

    My two have set jobs to do every day before they do fun things 😉

    They’re really good at doing them without complaining but if they ever do complaint they get an extra job x

  • Kara Guppy

    My kids love helping doing some chores – Sebby loves dusting, Isaac and Eliza love hoovering. If only I could get them to keep their rooms tidy lol

  • A Mum Track Mind

    I’m going to show my ten year old this list, he’ll have a fit haha! To be fair, he can do most of those things but not sure I’d trust him with the bleach in the bathroom!

  • Jess @ Catch A Single Thought

    Oh the dreaded battle over chores! We have always encouraged our children to help around the house too but I find it depends on the time of day; if the kids are tired then we have no chance of getting them to help with anything! The cordless vac looks great too.

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