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What You Should Expect Pre Teens to Do

Judy H. Wright

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Would you like your 9-11 year old child to help more at home? Are you curious if you are expecting too much or too little? Do you share the responsibility of the household chores with them?

If you do everything for your child, you will not have time to do fun things with them! Plus, you will be denying them the opportunity to grow in responsibility and problem solving life skills.

Check out the list below and see what your child can do and what you still need to teach them.

Use clothes washing machine ( they should be responsible for their own laundry)
Operate electric clothes dryer
Shop for some of his clothing
Remove simple spots with spot remover
Iron basic clothing or at least fold the clothes so they aren't wrinkled
Clean bathroom totally
Scrub or mop floor
Take written phone messages (giving them to you is another story)
Vacuum upholstery and drapes
Fold sheets and blankets
Wash and clean car
Weed garden and flowerbeds
Mow lawn at home and for the older neighbors
Change bed linens weekly
Read a recipe and follow directions
Pack a cold lunch
Boil or scramble eggs
Distinguish between good and spoiled food
Bake a cake from a mix and bake cookies
Cook a simple meal
Make pancakes
Read ingredient labels
Select and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables
Compare quality and prices
Make savings or checking account deposit
Rearrange bookshelves
Ride a bus or taxi
Repair and oil a bicycle
Know emergency first-aid procedures
Understand medicine chest items and recognize overuse consequences
Clean the refrigerator
Service projects such as mowing neighbor's lawn or community project

The role of parenting is build independent, contributing, thinking members of society. The best training ground is right at your address. The best role model and teacher is you.

If you need additional assistance and guidance, and who doesn't, you may consider hiring a family coach. I work with children 8 to 18 on the phone and with email.

I also want to invite you to go to for a schedule of free teleclasses and radio shows each Thursday on family relationships. You will feel they have been designed just for you and they have. Please join our community of supportive and sharing parents who want the best for their children.

Artichoke Press is the home site of Judy H. Wright, family relationship coach and author. If your organization would like to schedule Auntie Artichoke, the storytelling trainer, for a workshop please call 406.549.9813.

You are also invited to visit our blog at for answers and suggestions which will enhance your relationships. You will also find a full listing of tele-classes just for you.


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