Today’s post comes from my Little Homesteader. When I thought about writing a post about how my 10-year-old can help out on the homestead, I thought to myself “Well hey, what better person to write this post than her?!” She was more than happy to oblige and share a few words with all of you about her thoughts on helping with chores…
- Help mom with feeding of animals
- Feed dogs/cat
- Help water plants and check for ripe fruits/veggies to be harvested
- Make bed and help with breakfast (including dishes afterwards!)
- Help mom with various farm chores (cleaning stalls, trimming hooves, etc.)
- Help mom with household chores when needed – cleaning, baking, etc.
- Lunch and dishes!
- Collect eggs throughout the day
- Feed and put up animals at dinnertime
- Help with dinner and dishes
A big thank you to the Little Homesteader for sharing their point of view with us! I came up with my own list of age-appropriate chores (in the 10-yr-old range) for those interested!
- feeding and watering animals
- cleaning stalls
- collecting eggs
- milking a goat (with training – and patience!)
- trimming goat hooves (with training)
- bathing animals (ie preparing Spartacus for fair)
- collecting ripe veggies and fruit
- checking animals for injuries, bugs (lice, mites, etc.)
- planting seeds and tending to their own garden
- watering plants
- washing dishes
- general cleaning – counters, toilets, windows, etc.
- laundry (with training)
- taking clothes off of clothesline
- cooking: our little homesteader loves to experiment with new recipes – I try to give her as much freedom in the kitchen as possible. Being able to prepare food is such an important skill for kids to learn
All in all, the more that your child can help you with the day-to-day farm chores, the more confident they will become in performing them independently. Independence and confidence will come hand in hand – both essential to our child’s well-being. And might I add, it is so much fun doing farm chores side-by-side with her!