Mums chore chart shocks parents across the country.

The mum’s guide has kids as young as two doing the laundry, four-year-olds emptying the dishwasher and six-year-olds cleaning the bathroom!

The list of chores which was shared by Sports Mom Survival Guide has been labelled “irresponsible” after the mum claims that children from 12 upwards are capable of baby-sitting their siblings, washing windows and ironing, reports The Sun.

The mum recommends that children aged between two and three are capable of putting laundry away, feeding pets, cleaning up their messes and even dusting.

Five-year-olds should also be unloading the dishwasher, folding their clean washing, and setting the table before meals.


The guide has sparked fierce debate online with many arguing that it put too much responsibility on children.

One replied: “Teach them how to pick up after themselves. But not to pick up after everyone else. If you’re a parent – especially a stay-at-home parent – that’s your job!”

Another added: “Kids should definitely help with chores but I fell like if they’re doing all these jobs, what chores are the parents doing?”

A discussion on TODAY’s Facebook page saw a divided response with the hosts agreeing it was a good idea to start getting kids involved with the household chores from a young age.

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  • I think its a great chart! The earlier the better. Especially for boys so they can see that its fair to help out ad that its not just a girl’s job.


  • Teaching children from a young age is great, but some of these chores are definitely not age appropriate.


  • Teaching kids from a young age is good. It’ll set them up for life – one of the many life skills they’ll need. It’s up to the parents as to what chores they decide their children are capable of.


  • All children should contribute to the household chores, how that happens in everyone’s homes is up to them


  • agree that all should do chores


  • Teaching chores and life skills at a young age is very important. If you do everything for your child then they develop learned helplessness. If you force them to do things beyond their level of capability then you teach them that they are a failure. It is important to give chores that are not only age appropriate but individual child level appropriate.


  • Every family is different and the level of responsibility is different and of course age appropriate.
    Chores are an important part of growing up and being responsible and earning rewards is a good foundation for children.


  • I was taught these things at similar age. When I entered secondary school I had a job by my aunt who had a shop and did things like washing windows, cleaning toilets, polishing all the shoes, ironing, vacuuming, etc. And my sister at age 12 was baby sitting her 4 siblings age 10, 8, 5 and 2yr


  • I would no way let my child iron even at 12. Not worth the accidental burn or injury.


  • My kids do most f these things, at these ages – but the critical thing is, they don’t do ALL f them every week. They do 3-4 jobs a week and rotate through them.

    • I think this might be the point people are missing. These are things they can be doing not that they are always doing them all. Although I wouldn’t let a 9 year old mow the lawn.


  • I know a boy who has been doing his own washing sine he was 6 1/2 y.o. – putting it in the washing machine, adding detergent, getting clothes out of the top loader washing machine – it is a very deep one -and hanging them on the line. I’m sure the girl didn’t start going her own washing that young. I agree toddlers aged 2 + y.o. can start learning to pick their toys up once a day. The 12 y.o. and 7 y.o. have to clean the toilet on certain days. The 2 y.o. wipes up some of his messes.


  • My kids both do things from each of the lists they are 6 and 8, if everyone helps things get done alot quicker


  • I guess it depends on what your child seems able to do. All ages and chores are negotiable depending on your childs capability.

    • Exactly! A sensible approach to chores!


  • My 4 year old does some of this stuff, not all though… he matches and fold his socks, puts his laundry in the basket..


  • This is pretty much the types of chores I was doing at these ages. And the types of chores I encourage my kids to do at these ages. My 5 year old empties the dishwasher, cleans his own room, helps set and clear the table and helps match socks (it’s a game for us). My 3 year old is encouraged to pick up after herself and this is also reflected at her child care centre. I really can’t see a problem with getting the kids to help out and build some work ethic. And putting clothes in a hamper isn’t exactly doing laundry…


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