Top 10 chores for 10-12 year old boys and girls

Giving your kids responsibilities and linking them to pocket money is another way to teach your kids the value of money. And this is one of the important functions that we built into the FLX prepaid Mastercard and savings app that you can learn more about here.

But before we list the top 10 chore ideas, here’s a tip about how to ask kids to do chores...

For once-off chore requests, rather than asking your child to do something, ask them if they would rather do thing A, or thing B. Then let them choose. It’s called the yes-yes method.

In other words, when you say to your child:

“Honey, can you please unload the dishwasher,” your child may well be thinking: “…or NOT”

But when you ask your child:

“Honey, would you rather unload the dishwasher or walk the dog,” they think: “Obviously I’d rather unload the dishwasher – it’s raining.”

For extra points you can say back: “Perfect… Would you like to unload the dishwasher now …or in 10 minutes?”

Maybe you can try the yes-yes method this week if you have a once-off chore request.

When it comes to regular chores, parents here at Flexischools mostly use a weekly checklist with check in at the end of each week (perhaps with some gentle reminders along the way).

And the most common location for the checklist is – you guessed it! – the fridge door.

Would this list make your fridge door?

Top chores for 10-12 year old boys and girls

  1. Wash the dishes (10 mins)

  2. Unload the dishwasher (5 mins)

  3. Set the table for dinner (3 mins)

  4. Wash the car (20 mins)

  5. Vacuum inside car (15 mins)

  6. Feed dog or cat

  7. Walk dog (15 mins)

  8. Hang washing on line (10 mins)

  9. Tidy bedroom / Make bed (5 mins)

  10. Pack lunch box and/or school bag (2 mins)

(source: The Flexischools team)

Of course, it’s a nice idea to be encouraging and thank them when they complete a chore. And if they do their chores as agreed, you may want to link that great behaviour right back to their pocket money or allowance.

FLX might be able to help. The new prepaid Mastercard® and savings app for kids lets you organise pocket money with ease using your existing Flexischools account. And you will be pleasantly surprised to see the chores getting done once they can see the allowance in their FLX account.

You can find out more here – there’s a $5 activation bonus up for grabs at the moment.

*$5 credit will be applied to the Flexischools Parent Wallet after a FLX Card is activated (max 5 FLX Cards). Offer valid to either 30.4.22, or the first 10,000 FLX Cards activated, whichever comes first.

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