Youngsters love chores (really)

Tuesday, May 16th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OK, parents. You may not relish the idea of housework. But you're not doing your kids - or their future roommates or spouses - any favors by giving them a chore-free childhood. Besides, children (well, at least younger ones) are eager to help.

A few tips: Be specific. Unless absolutely necessary, don't redo children's work. Keep a regular routine. Praise their work.

Following are age-appropriate chores children can do:

Ages 2 to 3: Sorting laundry by color. Tidying their shoes in the closet. Tearing lettuce. Wiping up spills. Picking up toys. Pouring pet food into bowls.

3 to 5:Setting the table. Putting folded clothes away. Watering plants. Putting away clean silverware.

5 to 9: Making bed. Folding towels and washcloths. Raking leaves. Pulling weeds. Dusting. Clearing the table.

9 to 12: Collecting and taking out trash. Vacuuming. Washing the dog. Folding and putting away laundry.

SOURCES: Child magazine, Calgary Herald