11 ideas for teenage chores around the house

Teenager ironing his clothes

The media often paints the picture of lazy teenagers glued to TV and PC screens. It’s nothing new to think that teenagers would do anything to get out of doing chores or helping around the home. But how can you encourage your teen to have a little responsibility around the house that they live in? Nagging doesn’t work, so you just end up doing it yourself, a familiar cycle. Here are some tips on ways to get your teenage children to take more responsibility and give a helping hand at home. Click here for our blog on chores ideas for children 8 and under.

Start them off as you mean to go on by giving them small responsibilities. By the age of ten, some of the chores you could expect your child to be able to do are:

  • Make their bed
  • Take care of their pet (feeding, exercising, cleaning cages, bedding, tanks etc.)
  • Make simple meals, like toast, scrambled eggs or sandwiches and clean up after themselves whilst you are busy doing your own chores.
  • Put out the rubbish or recycling.
  • Put their dirty laundry in the washing basket and put their own clothes away after they have been ironed
  • Tidy their own room – of cups, glasses and walk across a floor not a floordrobe. It’s never to soon to learn how to declutter!

The older your children become the more you should expect them to help out and they should understand this too. Explain that everyone has chores to do, including you, but you aren’t responsible for everything. As much as we all love our children and want to make their lives as easy and as enjoyable as possible doing everything for your children isn’t really in their best interests.

Teenagers learning to cook with their mother

  • Set deadlines and time limits. This will make them learn that keeping to schedule is important. If they don’t stick to the deadline think of some sort of consequence – e.g. less time with gadgets or on social media perhaps. Something that works for you and that is applied consistently.
  • Have a family chore time. Everyone can tackle some of their chores in this time, so that parents and children work together in the home they share.
  • Older teenagers can get involved in learning how to make family meals. This will give them a bank of recipes for when they become independent when they move out to university or their own home.
  • With the aid of a My Life Pack® personal organiser, when your children are old enough to move into their own home they can keep on top of their daily and household admin and paperwork. If you have a copy yourself then Section 4b: Children’s Assets can help you help them become more financially sound. Learning the importance of managing their money now will help them throughout their life and Section 5a helps you manage their education, health, hobbies and other information.

Have you got any more tips on how to get your teenager to help around the house? Please share your favourite ones below.



  1. I involved my children in cooking meals from an early age. They loved it and didn’t see it as a chore when they were asked to cook a meal for the family.

    Another tip is to put a value on each chore. Eg. For every item ironed they get 25p. They have to do a minimum of 20 items. This teaches them an appreciation of money and a good work ethic. My children loved this, as it gave them the independence to save for items or outings in the school holidays. And they learnt how to budget. Another life skill.

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