Chores for teens

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-28-2012
Chores for teens
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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 7:59pm

My daughter just started 9th grade this year and is starting to complain that she has no time to relax whatsoever during the day.  She doesn't usually sit down till about 7:30-8:00.   I don't feel she's doing much beyond what the average teen does....actually a bit less, because she is not in any sports. However,  I'm starting to wonder if I should take away a chore or 2.  These are the chores she has.  She packs her lunch daily (I don't make her..she just does it).  She does her own laundryas needed, vacuums the downstairs daily (takes 5- 10 minutes and she gets paid and extra $1 a day for it), vacuums her room and vacuums and swiffers our bathroom weekly, and dusts her room about every other week.  Is this too much?  Thanks for any input.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 09-12-2012 - 11:22am
ah, that makes sense, just like sweeping the hardwood floors if you have pets. We don't have pets, just little children, so I don't do the vacuuming as often.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-28-2012
Wed, 09-12-2012 - 11:21am

The only I picked vacuuming daily as one of her chores is because our dog sheds constantly.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 09-12-2012 - 9:21am

I honestly don't think that's too much at all.  Does the house need vacuuming every day?  That would be the only one I would question, but personally I would replace it with a different chore such as dishes, or if she is cooking or learning to cook, preparing one meal a week.

Mine is going off to college in a year, and I do keep her chore list light because of her workload for school, part time job and 2 cheerleading teams, but she still has to clean the main bathroom once a week, empty the dishwasher whenever its clean (usually daily, but at least every other day), I wash her clothes, but its up to her to fold/hang and put it way, usually makes one meal a week for the family (if she is home at all), makes her own dinners a lot of nights because she won't eat leftovers and doesn't get home til 9ish at night, way after dinner is done, makes her own lunches, and her room and her car being tidy are her responsibility, but I don't make it a priority, its up to her how clean she wants it.  But, I will say she gets anxious and stressed out if it gets too dirty, so I never worry much.

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