Delegating Chores to Your Children

To delegate a task to a child, you must show them how to do the task first. Do the job yourself and let them watch. Then let them help. Then let them do it while you watch. Finally, let them do it alone.

By teaching your children to put away their things and do their household chores they will grow to be independent, organized, responsible people. But they can only learn by you showing them.

Do more with your children and less for them.


Need more inspiration to get the kids involved? Check out some of our other posts.

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10 Chores Your Preschooler Can Do

10 Chores Your Toddler Can Do


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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Janet Barclay on October 31, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Something else to keep in mind is to be prepared to accept imperfection. The kids never got things quite as clean as I would have liked, but I knew that what got missed one time would be dealt with next time. And I was concerned that if I made them feel their work wasn’t good enough, they might not try as hard next time, figuring I would never be satisfied.

    • Janet Schiesl on November 2, 2019 at 7:53 pm

      i agree with you. When delegating to anyone (kids or adults) you have to realize that they aren’t going to do the task exactly like you. Maybe just different and maybe not up to you expectations. But, delegating still frees up your time to do something else and as you said, if you go back and redo what someone else has done they won’t be motivated to continue doing that task.

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