What are some good chores for a 10-year-old?

I am finding I can not keep up with all the cleaning and even though my son is a great help when i ask it would be nice for him to have set things to do to help me out. What are some suggestions of chores for the school week and weekend for a ten year old. And what is the going rate? We are a bit tight for money but I wouldnt want to under pay either, thanks!!


Asked by AmyLynn5398 at 9:35 PM on Mar. 27, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • We have set chores in our house that our 10 and 5 year old have to do, like put away their own laundry, clean their room, put away the dishes, take out the recycles and trash. If they do extra work above that, they will sometimes get money, but not always. I say not always because when my kids wine to me that they are bored, they get a chore each time they do it. To us, they have a room full of toys, video games and if its nice they can go outside all they want so there is no reason they should be coming to me saying they are bored. Oh, and when they do earn extra money, 1/2 of what they earn must go into their savings accounts.

    Answer by marbear98 at 12:23 AM on Mar. 30, 2009

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  • Tae out trash, clean his room including dusting , bathroom duty . And about the allowance about $5 a week if everything is done .

    Answer by LatinMamiOf2 at 9:39 PM on Mar. 27, 2009

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  • Have him just start "wiping" down the bathrooms & cleaning mirrors. You could even have him dust. (Those swifter dusters are great!) You could have him Vacuum certain rooms on Thursdays. ( I chose Thursday because it's close to the weekend & my son is usually with his pals on Fridays after school) The bad news is we don't pay our kids to help around the house..sorry! BUT~We do pay them for doing yard work or doing another chore that wasn't theirs to do. As far as rate..I don't think you can under charge them. The finished outcome of their idea of cleanliness will probably not be what you where hoping for anyway. (ha) sorry I couldn't help out more on this question but I wish you the best


    Answer by onespecialmom at 9:50 PM on Mar. 27, 2009

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  • I would start with making sure they cleared the table and rinsed there plate... that makes dishes alot easier. My 6 year old helps with household chores. make bed in the morning, nightly clean up... everyone pitches in.. it goes faster... put on some fun music..... those are a given just helping out the family. Chores are feed the dogs daily, collect the trash nightly, bring down laundry on certain days, sheets- Sat... towels-Sunday.... ect. and clean up room sunday afternoon. I pay a total of $6 per week, and it goes up with age. But we divide it up to help him learn adding money. And he gets paid per job, not if every thing is done. it helps him understand earning. So for a 10 year old, hand over the vacuuming, and bathroom duty also. I would also have a down fall if it is not all acomplished, like... if everything is done on time, you get a bonus, if not you pay me a late fee.. i dont know..my oldest is 6 .. just some ideas

    Answer by muzikgrl477 at 9:58 PM on Mar. 27, 2009

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  • I do not understand why children are getting paid to do household chores. Doing chores is part of being in the family. When he grows up he is not going to get paid to fold his own laundry or make his bed so why should he now? Both DH and I were never given allowance. Our parents thought it was not necessary plus neither of our parents had a lot of money. But with that said, if we needed money when we were older, like to go to the movies and such here and there, it was normally given to us. I could see if they go up and beyond normal chores, perhaps cleaning out the pantry, scrubbing the kitchen floor, or something that isn't on the normal list or usually expected of them, then maybe getting paid for that would be alright.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:29 PM on Mar. 27, 2009

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  • If you can do it so can he...how well is another question. I gave my kids a chart of sorts that explained what I meant when I said clean the bathroom ie, wipe down sink, throw out trash. It really helped cause there was no misunderstanding of what was meant.

    I agree with anon, I never pay for chores, as a member of the family they should help out. But I do have ways for them to earn money, any thing I need done above what is expected of them can earn them money...cleaning out the car, helping weed the garden, washing dishes when I don't feel like it, helping me clean the little ones room, anything that isn't part of thier day to day in the house. I find it to be a good balancing act, they can earn money but they understand that helping in the house is thier responsibility also.

    Answer by luckysevenwow at 11:41 AM on Mar. 28, 2009

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  • I agree w/ anon. My kids do chores and I don't pay them. BUT when they want to go somewhere I give them the money for it.
    Some things they do: (keep in mind I have four kids and we rotate these chores every month.)
    Kitchen: Empty dishwasher, wash pots and pans, wipe down counters and table, sweep the floor, 1 kid has each, to be done after every meal. I help them w/ everything.
    Everyone has their own laundry day, they are to wash dry, fold and put away their clothes. I help the little ones, but the older ones do it alone.
    Then they each have a room in the house they are responsible for: Living room, down stairs bathroom, family room, and the stairs (dust railing and vacuum).
    Yes I know it sounds like alot, but we have a really big house and they need to help keep it running. They stay on top of their chores and have time to play outside at east an hour every day. They only do these chores M-Th. I handle the w/e.

    Answer by 4monkees at 12:22 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

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  • Cleaning room, putting laundry away, setting and clearing the table and helping to get the trash together and if you have pets, feeding and watering them. Going rate....free. My sons never got paid for chores, it was all part of helping out within the house to keep things running smoothly.

    Answer by tracylynnr67 at 1:53 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

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  • I don't pay my kids to help out around the house, I figure its their house too and I would rather teach them that its the whole family's responsiblity than to think I am a maid. If you let your kids think that it is a job to help out around the house then why would they do anything more than they HAVE to? If my kids want to earn money than I set jobs for them that are apart from normal chores like raking, mowing the yard or other jobs I normally wouldn't ask them to do. My daughter is eleven and when she wants to earn money she wil scrub the bathroom or mop the kitchen things like that, My son rakes the yard and mows it to earn spending money. My kids are 11 and 14 and they take turns doing dishes, they keep their own rooms clean, they help with laundry when I need help and they take the garbage out ect. They will even vacumn and sweep when I ask for help and they don't complain.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:59 AM on Mar. 29, 2009

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