Age-Appropriate Chores for Children (and Why They’re Not Doing Them)By KJ DELL'ANTONIAhttp://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2014/01/27/style/motherlode-chores/motherlode-chores-tmagArticle.png
Before we get off on what a terrible parent I am (often true), I will say that there are certain chores that don’t get shirked. Every one of them mucks stalls in all weather; every one of them does farm and horse jobs at moments when we would all vastly prefer to be inside. (We own a horse barn that houses four of our horses, and six others.) That’s the stuff that has to be done and that I can’t do without help. But for so many indoor chores, I’m far too prone not to push. Once I’ve nagged them into clearing their plates and nagged them into feeding the dogs and cats and nagged them into picking up their socks off the floor, I tend to open the full dishwasher, shrug and realize that I would far, far rather spend the seven minutes it will take to empty it than nag anyone yet again.
o Makes plans to delegate chores to children.
o Follows through.