I know what you are thinking!
Chore list for 17 to 18yr olds?
Well, I wanted to stress that just because our kids are getting to be young adults doesn’t mean they don’t need to be responsible for housework. They won’t need chores charts and stickers but they do need to be reminded they are part of the family and still need to continue to work as one.
For a matter of fact, I often hear moms complain more about this age group than any other. Once a child gets a job or goes to college they don’t help around the house anymore OR worse they have no school or job and just become couch potatoes.
We are seeing more and more in our culture where our young people don’t want to move out of the parent’s home until they are in their mid-20s or even 30’s!! I’m not talking about children that are working businesses with their families and/or special needs; I’m talking about children (young adults) that feel like it is their right to laze around in young adult life!
We do them no favors by allowing this.
Once our children reach 17 we want them to be able to run a household.
They should be doing:
Their Own Laundry
Should be able to Cook whole meals and clean up
Mow the lawn & Other Yard Work
Do basic car maintenance (like checking the oil and tires)
They should keep up their room and their personal space!
They should be able to organize a budget for themselves!
They should be able to keep up with their work, activity (sports, etc) and job schedules
If your teen struggles it is ok, work with them on it! Your job at teaching them hasn’t ended yet; they need YOU to help them become the adult they are meant to be! These things will help them out so much in their adult lives and they will be grateful for the knowledge, maybe not right away but eventually!