10 Responsibilities at Home That Make Kids Feel Capable and Significant
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These ten children’s responsibilities at home encourage a helping mindset in kids.
Kids want to have responsibilities at home.
“Really?!” you may be thinking.
But ultimately it’s true.
More than anything kids want to feel capable and significant in their family and the world.
And responsibilities at home can help achieve this.
Consider the opposite for a moment – a home where parents do everything for their child. While the motive of these parents comes from a sense of love, the message the child receives is that they’re incapable of doing anything on their own.
When parents encourage their kids to be responsible, they’re sending the opposite message – that their child is capable. And as a contributor to the family household and chores, a child also gains a sense of pride and significance.
That’s not to say that kids’ don’t resist taking on responsibilities. They often do. But the long term benefits of encouraging kids to be responsible outweigh the in-the-moment resistance.
10 Responsibilities kids can do at home
Below are ten responsibilities your child can begin doing now, by varying age-appropriate degrees:
#1 – Pick up messes
One of the first responsibilities parents encourage from their toddlers is to pick up toys after playing with them. While toddlers will never excel at picking up their own messes, asking them to help begins to encourage a responsible mindset. Parents can encourage toddlers to clean up other messes too such as cleaning up spills on counters or floors.
Young kids will continue to need encouragement and support from their parents to clean up messes. It’s important to keep in mind that clean-up projects that appear simple to adults may be overwhelming to kids. They’ll need guidance and support to help figure out how to complete the task successfully.
As our children mature into teenagers, it’s tempting to assume they should know better than to leave dirty socks on the living room floor or messy dishes on the kitchen table. Criticizing teens for not “knowing better” will only discourage them. Instead, work with your teen to problem solve how they can remind themselves to pick up messes. Change may not happen overnight but positive encouragement should eventually motivate teens to self-correct.
See related: 7 Tips to Help You Begin Toddler Chores Successfully
#2 – Take care of pets
Pets can add so much joy and excitement to a family home and also provide a great opportunity for kids to demonstrate real responsibility. After all, your child’s contribution to taking care of your pet directly impacts the pet’s wellbeing.
Pets need to be given nourishment daily and each type of pet has other requirements such as daily exercise, cage cleaning, claw clipping or maintaining the right PH of a water tank, as a few examples.
School-age children can help support parents in pet care, by placing a bowl of food down for the pet, for example. Older kids can be expected to contribute more by feeding a pet independently or cleaning a cage.
But parents need to keep in mind that expecting young kids to care for pets independently, with no prior practice, is unreasonable. Kids will still need coaching and support.
Before acquiring a pet it’s always important to assess how much care the animal needs and whether or not your family can successfully care for it.
See Related: Looking for The Best Family Pet? (Consider One of These)
#3 – Maintain a neat bedroom
Kids’ bedrooms are the one room in the house that belong to them. Even if kids share a bedroom with a sibling, it’s still a space in the house they have some possession over.
And while maintaining a neat bedroom is an opportunity for kids to demonstrate responsibility, it’s important to have realistic expectations about the cleanliness kids are capable of at different ages. The majority of children can’t be expected to maintain a perfectly neat room all the time.
In order to really let our kids be responsible for maintaining a neat bedroom, it’s important to let them have a voice in how this task will be accomplished. Dictating to kids when and how their rooms should be cleaned will only discourage them from learning how to achieve this goal independently.
Instead, work alongside toddlers and young children to clean up the room. As you do this, you’ll be modeling what it takes to keep a room tidy. As kids get older and more independent, discuss with them their plan to maintain a neat bedroom. It can also be helpful to agree on specific days and times each week, for example, when the room will be organized and cleaned.
See Related: 5 Tips to Get Your Kids to Clean Their Messy Room
#4 – Take care of laundry
Kids of all ages are able to contribute to laundry care to some extent.
Toddlers can contribute by pouring detergent into the machine, loading clothes into the dryer, pressing the start button and helping (or more like “helping”) fold clean clothes, socks or other small clothing items.
As kids get a little older, they can be given the responsibility of folding and putting away their own clothes, after parents clean them.
Around age ten, children can be taught how to clean and dry their own laundry in addition to putting clothes away. Kids will need a lot of help and guidance when learning this skill, and probably a few reminders to do their laundry.
With lots of practice, teens will (for the most part) be capable of completely taking over this task themselves, allowing them to confidently take care of their clothes independently.
See related: How to Teach Kids to Do Their Laundry Independently
#5 – Make their own meals
Cooking and preparing meals can be a fun activity for kids. And over time, as kids grow in their independence, they can begin to do these activities on their own.
Toddlers can help with meal prep in small ways such as taking food off of shelves, getting their own dishes, and helping to place food on plates.
Older kids can begin to learn how to cook with supervision, use child knives to cut vegetables, prepare their own breakfasts, and pack their own school lunches .
Tweens and teens, with instruction, can use real knives and cook on the stove. As they progress in their skills, older kids can be given the responsibility of making one dinner a week , if the schedule permits. Or simply cook or bake independently when they feel like it.
See Related: Teach Kids to Cook by Age and Ability
#6 – Have an allowance
Giving kids an allowance, and making them responsible for certain expenses, teaches real life responsibilities in budgeting, saving, and spending judiciously.
Kids won’t be ready to take on this responsibility until they have a solid understanding of addition and subtraction and can also identify coins and bills. It’s helpful to give kids physical money when starting an allowance so they obtain a solid money sense.
Parents should also talk to their children, and put in writing, which expenses they’re now responsible for so there’s no confusion. Common expenses kids can take over include paying for toys, art supplies, special snacks or treats, and books.
As kids get older, they can begin to receive their allowance through a debit card such as Greenlight. This will help familiarize them with using card machines and digital money. Tweens and teens can also be responsible for bigger expenses such as clothing or gas for the car.
See related: How to Get Started on Kids Allowance – The Right Way
The Kids Money Management Toolkit has everything you need (except money!) to begin giving your kids an allowance. In addition to guidance and advice, you’ll also receive Save, Spend, and Share jar labels, a Kids Money Ledger, a Savings Challenge Sheet, a Jobs-for-Hire Sheet, and a Kids Allowance Contract. Click here to learn more.
#7 – Do daily chores
Having daily household chores lets kids feel they’re an integral part of maintaining the family home.
Toddlers and preschoolers can do simple chores such as putting their dirty clothes in the hamper, helping to sweep the floor (with an age-appropriate broom) or giving the family dog his food every evening.
Older kids can take on more complicated tasks like putting away clean dishes in the dishwasher, setting the dinner table with utensils, washing windows or taking out the trash.
The primary goal of daily chores for kids is to encourage a mindset of helping. When kids are older they can begin to genuinely contribute to housework.
See Related: Age-Appropriate Chore Lists by Developmental Stage
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#8 – Take part in a family cleaning day
An extension of daily chores is having kids take part in a family cleaning day.
Setting aside one day each month (more or less) when the whole family cleans the house, can really build a sense of capability and significance in kids.
Kids feel a sense of accomplishment (although they may never admit it! ?) when they’ve independently cleaned an entire room themselves. Or, for younger kids, have taken on specific tasks alongside their parents as they clean the house.
Younger siblings won’t be able to have a significant impact on house cleaning, but encouraging any contribution, however small, will set the stage for their contribution in later years.
Around age seven or eight, kids can begin to clean “easy” rooms such as the living room or dining room, assuming that these rooms require little more than dusting, vacuuming and cleaning floors. Of course, children will need instruction to set them up for success and perfection can hardly be expected.
As kids enter the tween years, more can be expected of them as well as more independence. Kids at this age can begin to clean bathrooms (with instruction) and potentially clean more than one room. When siblings are involved, it’s helpful to trade off rooms each month and have in writing who is responsible for each room.
See Related: 8 Tips for Getting Kids to Help Clean the House
#9 – Manage routines
Parents are often told to follow a routine with their young children to help with temperament and transitions.
But kids of all ages benefit from the security of routines. And starting in toddlerhood, kids can also be involved in the planning of them.
Getting kids involved in routine planning helps build kids’ time management skills and get their buy-in for certain mundane activities they’re less inclined to do.
And as kids grow older, and have responsibilities like homework or extracurricular activities, routines can help them feel a sense of order. Routines can also ensure that assignments are turned in on time and sports equipment packed for the next day.
See Related: 6 Ways Kids Routines Encourage Independence and Bring Sanity to Your Life
#10 – Take part in gift giving
Giving a gift to someone else, whether it’s a friend, sibling, relative or neighbor, helps build a sense of selflessness in kids.
Kids of any age can help pick out gifts, wrap them, and give them to the recipient. Kids can also make their own special gifts and draw or write cards.
Receiving a gift is also an opportunity for children to learn graciousness through a “thank you” when receiving the gift and later, writing a thank you card.
See Related: Mindful Gift Giving in Families Shapes Children’s Values
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About Kerry Flatley
Hi! I’m Kerry, the mother of two girls and a certified parent educator. I believe it is possible for parents to have a supportive, loving, and warm relationship with their kids while raising them to be independent and ultimately self-sufficient. Over the years, I’ve read numerous books and articles that support this belief and I’ve put these ideas into practice with my own kids. Read more about me and Self-Sufficient Kids here.
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Over the years of early motherhood and homeschooling, I have learned to be flexible with our home cleaning routine. At times, we have hired help to wash the floors or scrub the bathrooms, a life-saving gift in early homeschool days and newborn-dom, but in more recent years as our children have grown older, I’ve looked for ways to make this a more regular part of our family rhythm. These too are [quite practical] lessons I want my children to learn.
The word chore is most often given to the these sorts of home tasks, but honestly I’ve never really preferred it. Chore tends to convey a certain dismal attitude about housework and the importance of the home in general, I think. Even the word itself sounds dreadful and uninviting. Chore .
Although it may be a small semantic matter, we more often use the word responsibility in connection with our house work around here. Opposed to a chore, responsibility is a gift and privilege that comes with maturity. In short, I like the noble attitude of responsibility a bit more. But does it mean they or I always feel like cleaning or tidying our home? Of course not. But as our children’s freedoms and experiences are growing in one hand, so is what my husband and I require of them around the home in the other. As they inevitably grow up, connecting joy and responsibility is a helpful reference point in all of our family conversations .
Our family cleaning routine loosely divides into two major categories right now: daily and weekly tasks. My children’s daily responsibilities fall more into the tidying up category such as
- making beds
- washing/folding/putting away laundry (they do their own 1-2 times/week)
- cleaning the kitchen (washing/drying/putting away dishes; wiping down counters and table; sweeping floors–each child has a rotating role)
- putting away their toys or school work at the end of the day
Aside from the kitchen, we do little actual cleaning during the week. Then every Friday afternoon, prior to our family Sabbath meal , my children and I set aside a couple of hours for our weekly responsibilities of cleaning of our family home. We spend a lot of time in and around our home, so it’s nice to have a hard finish to our week by tidying up any remaining clutter from our work and play. Ending Friday with fresh linens and clean floors and bathrooms feels celebratory before the weekend, even for the kids. In our current season, Friday seems to work best for this, as it adds an extra layer of enjoyment to Saturday’s play and rest. I try to help them (and myself) remember that part when the tasks become mundane. As with everything else in life, I’d say we’re not perfect but learning. Our home is certainly not spotless all the time, and some Fridays we run out of hours before everything is finished. But isn’t that too a lesson in real life?
Since these sort of conversations can often be interesting to parents. I thought I’d share a bit about our family cleaning responsibilities and routine here in the event it might be helpful in your own home.
Begin laundering the linens in the morning. | After we have eaten breakfast, the children strip their beds instead of making them. Since we have four beds worth of bedding and bath mats to wash, I like to get this moving in the morning so it’s finished by our dinner hour. Bedding and bath rugs are the only laundry for this day. Clothing and towels are washed during the other weekdays. We switch the laundry throughout our school morning
Gather and refill all cleaning supplies. | Since we now make most of our own cleaning products, I usually take a moment to make and refill all of our spray bottles (using my favorite non-toxic cleaning recipes ) just after lunch on Friday. I make sure the duster, broom, mops, cloths, and scrub brushes are all in an accessible spot for everyone.
Create detailed cleaning lists for each space. | Over the years, I’ve realized my children do not see things the way I do when it comes to what is clean. Ha! Imagine. When I set them on a task, whether washing dishes or cleaning the bathroom, our ideas of “finished” vary dramatically. This year, I wrote a list of very specific tasks for each space in our home for my children to check off during our weekly cleaning time. Some of the tasks seem almost silly to write out, for instance one from the bathroom list, “Place toothbrush holder and soap dispenser back on the clean counter” or “place the shampoo/conditioner/soap in the shower after it is cleaned.” For adults, these imperatives seem laughingly intuitive, and yet you have no idea how many times I’ve walked into a “finished” bathroom to find these bottles on the floor or another surface. Lists help create a sense of sameness and agreement about what “finished” really means. Although the lists look longer, each task is smaller, giving a sense of accomplishment as each is finished. I’m sure there are beautiful cleaning lists or templates you can purchase on Etsy or elsewhere, but I made ours in a moment with only lined paper and a pencil. I plan to go back to create a cleaner, laminated copy one day, but this works for now. If paper isn’t your family’s style, consider an app like ChoreMonster to help organize your lists and rewards.
Find age-appropriate tasks. | This is the hardest part, yes? I’ve begun by simply taking notice as we clean or work in the yard/garden together. What types of work can be more challenging or too much for them? Is it a matter of attitude or a lack of skill? Then I adjust the work as necessary. For instance, Olive at age six still needs much encouragement every step of the way through folding and putting away her laundry. Leaving her alone for too long with a large basket can be overwhelming and frustrating for her, even though she is capable, so I first ask her to first sort her basket by category: tops, bottoms, undies/PJs, and hanging clothes. I then check back and ask her to fold the tops neatly and put them away, then the bottoms, and so on. This helps break up the tasks she’s completing on her own into manageable bits for her age, whereas the older three (ages nine-twelve) take care of their laundering start to finish. I do often prompt them, “Do you need to do laundry today?” The goal of our parenthood is never to crush the children with burden, but to give them enough weight to make them stronger as they grow. Since at every age they are all learning, we still come alongside them in the process. Also, begin small. If your child doesn’t have any current cleaning responsibilities, begin with simple tasks such as vacuuming or sweeping or wiping down surfaces. I’m convinced all children love using spray bottles, and I keep a child-sized broom and mini dustpan/brush set hanging in the girls’ room, since it’s easier to use than our larger broom. Vacuuming is of course more thorough for children to collect dirt before mopping.
Work in sync. | Agai n, this seems obvious, but when we are all working at one time, it’s good for there to be order in the work. In our home, we begin in the common spaces: kitchen, dining, and living room, move into the bathrooms and bedrooms, and finish by mopping it all.
Take breaks. | Break up your tasks in a way that you and your children can take periodic breaks. Pay attention to when your children naturally begin to sit down or daze off. Take a break and head outdoors for a bit. For younger children this might be a 20 minute window. Make races against the clock or against you. “Can you clean out under your bed faster than me? Let’s race and find out!” Our older children can work for up to 90 minutes before I generally notice their lagging. We tend to take a mid-afternoon pause for snack on the lawn or front porch. The girls might ride their bikes for a bit and the boys play catch. This renews them to finish the task.
Turn on music. | Rotate music you and your children enjoy listening to and play it loudly for everyone to enjoy. This helps keep the tone of our time together upbeat and light. We all have turns choosing something, which means we listen to everything from film soundtracks to Taylor Swift to Arcade Fire to Andrew Byrd or Patty Griffin. The idea is play music you all can enjoy at some point.
Cleaning and taking care of the home requires a lot of patience for ourselves and our children, but we all share the sense of accomplishment when it’s finished–high-fives and hugs all around. Since the topic of allowance is so closely linked, I’m planning to share a bit about that next week. Stay tuned. Happy Friday!
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I was compelled to bring a new sense of ownership and honor to my home and your words resonated. Thank you from top to bottom of my heart. The world needs more of you, and your beautiful ideas.
My daughter is only two, and I’ve been waiting till around this time to introduce simple tasks around the home. I’m curious though- what do you do when your kids push back about these responsibilities? Do you make them follow through even if it results in a tantrum, etc? You describe your Friday cleaning time with so much peace and fun, and that’s what I would really like for our daily cleaning, but at two I’m not sure it should be something I expect completion with at the cost of that peace.
It is great idea that you divided the responsibilities about your home in order to keep it clean and well organized! I am also trying to establish some daily cleaning routine, which helps me to have my house under control!
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Loved this Bethany Thank you for sharing the details and inner workings of it. It is encouraging to know how your family manages this and gives me some great ideas on how to refine our family’s house keeping routine Thank you!
Do you have a resource for your nice wooden brushes?
Yes, the larger brush is from West Elm this summer, and the small round brush is from World Market. ;)
Bethany, you have inspired me to start having my kids do their own laundry, particularly the older ones who are almost 11 and 8 1/2. My husband works 65-70 hours a week and we homeschool. I also make dinner so it’s ready when he comes home, if nothing else but because he works so late and we need to keep our evening moving along. The laundry is the thing I cannot keep up on. And I’m not normally one for self-loathing, but when my kids come to me, often right before they have somewhere to be, and say, “Mom, I’m out of clean clothes!” it makes me feel like such a failure. I sew most of my girls’ clothes, so we do need to keep up on laundry or they run out of clothes to wear. Anyway, thank you. I think they can do this! (Although, prior to this, I simply asked them to bring down their basket of dirty clothes when they were running out of clothes to wear and they would forget. So I may have to be more structured about implementing this!) ;)
Rachel, first let me say you are NOT a failure. You are busy and carrying several important responsibilities right now. Naturally, some are bound to slip. There’s plenty of grace for all of this in the journey of motherhood. Plenty.
Also, I’m so very happy to hear how this has inspired your home. My entire childhood, my generous mother washed my clothing, and I would fold it and put it away when I got home from school. I still remember calling her my first year away at college, asking her how to do laundry! I had no idea. I knew laundering was a practical skill I wanted my children to learn, but also it is a way for them to be more careful about what is “dirty.” They tend to want to clean their room by throwing all clothing (not put away) into their dirty basket. I have more than once found folded laundry in their dirty clothes! Now, I find they’re a bit more careful about these sort of things.
In the beginning, as expected, I had to more closely monitor them, as children naturally want to stuff the washer full and leave all of their clothing stained and bunched together. I give the boys only a few reminders now, mostly “remember to turn your clothing right side out and check for stains.” I hope this new routine will help alleviate what sounds like a very busy home on your end. xo
Goodness you make even cleaning look so beautiful! So glad to have discovered your space here and on IG. This post is just the nudge that I needed to motivate me to be more deliberate with the children’s responsibilities. Thank you for the thoughtful and practical tips and advice. Especially love the tip about making detailed lists for each space!
Welcome, Emily! And thank you. Trying to implement our cleaning time always felt frustrating before the list. I had to constantly remind them of what needed to be finished in a room. Now, before I check a space, I ask them, “have you completed everything on the list?” This is such a helpful “let me double-check” type moment for them. But mostly, I love that it helps give us a common goal. Wishing you the best in your own!
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Responsibilities for Children at Home
Responsibilities are some of the simple duties or chores that a child does while at home. These include washing plates, washing clothes, sweeping, mopping, fetching water and cooking (how much they can help depending on age). These simple responsibilities help a child learn about how to look after a home, and how to be part of a family, which they will need in the future.
However, I had one child who I worked with at S.A.L.V.E. who was on street for four months. When I tried interacting with him to find out why he left home, he said that there was too much domestic work at home. After this, I asked him how many children are at home and tried to dig deeper and find out whether the rest of the children do the work together with him, he said they did. I then asked him what he thinks are some of the responsibilities of a child while at home? Surprisingly he told me the exact duties listed above. I still asked him to tell me some of the reasons why he thinks we do all this kind of work or why our parents task us to do this work at home and how beneficial is it to him and the family.
Why do we need to do chores?
His responses were amazing! He said that parents task children to do this because they want them to be responsible people in the future, and he said it’s done to prevent them from getting diseases that are caused as a result of being dirty, using dirty utensils or being in a dirty a environment. He told me, “I want to live longer and stay healthy so that I can enjoy my future.” This was so nice to hear and it made my day indeed. I therefore asked him what he now thinks about home and the people he left behind. He said he now misses them and would love go back home because he has realised after our discussion that his reasons for leaving home were not good. If his share of the chores were too much he should have talked about it and found ways to share them better.
Even children at the S.A.L.V.E. Drop in Centre join in with our weekly cleaning of the centre. They all wash when they arrive, and also clean their clothes. By living on the street, they are acting very independently and therefore it is good to get them thinking as part of a team or a group again when we all clean the centre together.
Happily, the boy in my story later accepted to go back home. Now, he is contented living at home and doing all of this housework with joy and not looking at it anymore as a punishment. Interestingly, on my latest follow up, he said he wants to cook for me the next time I go back to check on him because he has now learnt how to cook and he said he cooks very nice food which he would like me to taste and get to appreciate his bit of help for the family at home. This really made me feel so happy having helped him with this transformation.
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Balancing your new responsibilities while staying at home
Since the beginning of Philadelphia’s Stay-at-Home Order , many parents have been playing double (or even triple!) duty as caregivers, workers, and teachers. Juggling these different roles is a lot to balance even on the best days, and the stress and anxiety of COVID-19 can make it even harder. Here are some tips to help you and your kids have a smoother stay-at-home experience:
Set realistic expectations
First and foremost, recognize that these are challenging times for everyone. This is a time be kind to yourself and focus on doing your best, not perfection. Cut yourself some slack. Have an open and honest conversation with your employer about what is a realistic workload during this time and how balancing childcare may require you to shift work hours or responsibilities. With your kids, remember that this is a stressful time for them too and that kids are also doing the best they can
If you can, work in shifts
If you live with a partner or another adult, try to make a schedule for who will be doing childcare and who will be working. Having a regular routine with a block of time when you know you’ll be able to work can help make things feel less stressful. And don’t forget to schedule some time for breaks—when you’re not doing work or childcare!
Create a new routine
Kids and adults crave consistency so schedule times of day for meals, snacks, reading, learning, playing, exercise and other activities. If you have an important meeting or work task, be smart when you schedule that work. With younger kids, naptime can be a great time to get things done. For older kids, schedule for a time when your child is playing with a favorite toy or doing an activity. If you are with your kids fulltime, use the times when your kids are either sleeping, playing, or learning independently for some “me time.”
Have fun with your kids
When you are with your kids, try to be fully present and do things you and your family enjoy. For some ideas on activities to do with young children, visit our pages on resources for families and early learning providers and health and wellness tips for parents with young children .
Take care of yourself
As parents and caregivers, it’s so easy to put everyone else’s needs before our own. But in order to take care of our kids, it’s important to also take care of ourselves!
- If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed with it all or angry with your kids, make sure your kids are with another caregiver and take a much-deserved break! Even five to ten minutes can make a big difference. Use this time to do some deep breathing , count backwards from ten, exercise , or connect by phone or video with a loved one.
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Home and School Responsibilities Sort
Responsibility Cupcakes - Girl Scout Daisies - "Mari - Orange Petal" Pk (Step 3)
Also included in: Daisy Petals Bundle - Girl Scout Daisies - Includes 14 Activity Packs!!
I Can Help at Home Mini Book
Also included in: I Can Help BUNDLE
English Rules, Roles and Responsibilities
French - Roles and Responsibilities
Character Education Social Emotional Learning Activities Responsibility
Also included in: Character Education Social Emotional Learning Activities Social Skills Bundle
Safety and Responsibility Unit
Also included in: Health and Wellness Lessons and Activities Full Year Bundle Grade 4 to 6
Rules, Roles, Relationships, and Responsibilities
Reading Comprehension for Parents Guide Suggestions : Reading at Home
Rules, responsibilities and relationships (social studies)
Responsibility Activities for SEL Print and Digital Morning Meeting Slides
Also included in: Social Emotional Learning Activities, SEL Morning Meeting Print Google Slides 3
Daily Character Trait Discussions and Restorative Circles on Responsibility
Also included in: Daily Character Trait Discussions and Restorative Circles MEGA GROWING BUNDLE
Responsibility Worksheets & Activities (Good Character)
Editable chore chart
Counseling and Guidance Organizational Skills Story and Activity Book
One Month Articulation Drill Sheets
Positive Notes Home Edition 3!
Also included in: Positive Notes Home Bundle
Responsibility Character Education Unit, No-Prep Lessons, Activities & Projects
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Also included in: Character Education BUNDLE for Upper Elementary Students, Seven Units!
Responsibility Lesson | Taking Responsibility at Home
Also included in: Responsibility Lessons BUNDLE | Special Education and Autism Resource
ADAPTED BOOK-Job Skills, Social Skills at Home (PreK-2/SPED/ELL)
23 Printable Helping At Home Flashcards. Chores and Responsibilities.
Responsibility Digital Activity for Google Classroom Distance Learning
Teach Responsibility: At School and At Home
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10 Responsibilities kids can do at home · #1 – Pick up messes · #2 – Take care of pets · #3 – Maintain a neat bedroom · #4 – Take care of laundry · #5 – Make their
chores, responsibilities, and cleaning the family home · making beds · washing/folding/putting away laundry (they do their own 1-2 times/week) · cleaning the
vant to your child: age, skill, ability and. INTEREST. ... My chores & responsibilities at home.
My responsibilities at home is doing Household chores like sweeping, washing dishes, cooking and more. Also loving my family is the Greatest
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Consistent household tasks · Meal preparation · Doing dishes after each meal · Removing shoes when you enter the home · Putting items in shared
Caring for your children · Supervising a younger sibling · Regularly assisting a grandparent or older adult relative · Routinely taking care of
Responsibilities are some of the simple duties or chores that a child does while at home. These include washing plates, washing clothes
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Assess your students understanding of how to show responsibility at their home. An easy and fun exit ticket or supplemental activity!