Here at My Gator Watch, we love nothing more than watching our kids take on new challenges. We know that taking on roles of independence from a young age can help boost confidence and self-awareness, not to mention building on common sense skills. But when should they start practising independence? And what age should they be allowed to take on more responsibility? This week we have put together and age by age guide to help you know what they should be doing and when.
Age Four – Five
Small cleaning chores such as dusting and helping to empty the dishwasher
Go to a play date without a parent
Be familiar with personal details such as name, address and phone number.
Age Six – Seven
Take sheets off the bed
Help with food prep such as cutting
Play in the front yard with friends
Help unpack shopping
Be able to make a simple cold meal such as a sandwich
Go to a sleepover without a parent
Select their own clothes for the day
Age Eight – Nine
Take care of personal belongings
Be able to assist with grocery shopping and count out the money
Be able to make simple meals and drinks
Be able to walk to the school bus
Be able to bath/shower by themselves
Confidently tell the time and correctly respond to curfews
Age Nine – Ten
Go to the shops and make small purchases alone
Use the oven
Abide by more lenient curfews for playing outside after school and at weekends
Walk the dog
Make tea and coffee
Age Ten – Eleven
Look after siblings
Clean their bedroom
Use the washing machine
Cut the grass
Be responsible for money allowances
Order own food at a restaurant
Be responsible for their valuables when out independently
We would love to know what responsibilities you give your kids. Do you agree with the above list or do you find letting them have more independence tough? Join the conversation in the comments below or via our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.
My Gator Watch is a wearable mobile phone designed especially for 5-12-year-olds. It uses GPS, two-way calling, works across multiple networks and has an SOS feature for peace of mind. It does not have a messaging feature, and you, the parent; determine all numbers that are pre-set within the phone.
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