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Household Chores for Tweens to Earn Money

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Give your tween more responsibilities, and more independence, with this printable chart of chores for tweens plus tips for cleaning products, like a mop from our sponsor O-Cedar, that tweens will love to use.

My daughter turned 11 this month and I feel like we just made a significant turn towards adulthood. Of course, we have to get through the tween and teen years first. But there was a definite shift in status on her 11th birthday.

Can you see the sass?? HA! The tween years promise to be challenging, but I’m also looking forward to helping her grow in to a responsible adult.

One of our biggest issues with our new tween has been household responsibilities and money.  She wants to earn money by doing chores around the house. So we recently came up with a list of household chores she can do to earn money. She still has chores she has to do as a part of being in our family. But we decided to pay her for chores that need to be done more on a weekly basis and that benefit everyone in the family.

One thing we’ve learned about our tween is that she really doesn’t like being told what to do. She  would rather be given a list to check off on her own terms. We created a printable list of “jobs” that she can do each week along with how much she gets paid for each job. It’s up to her to complete them but we have to check them to make sure they are done correctly.

The free printable is available at the bottom of the post.


Household Chores for Tweens to Earn Money

Laundry: My kids have been putting away their laundry since they were about 5 years old. Around 7 or so, they started folding their own laundry. But a tween is able to learn how to actually do a load of laundry
Tips: Use laundry detergent pods to make doing laundry easier. Taking down a heavy bottle of detergent can be cumbersome for most tweens.
Mop Floors: With 2 kids, 2 adults, 3 cats and a dog, our floors need cleaning at least a few times a week. Tweens can easily use a spray mop to do a quick cleaning of floors.
Tips: Pick up an O-Cedar ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop  at Walmart and your life will never be the same! The O-Cedar spray mop is completely manual with no plugs or batteries so it’s easy to use.  The removable bottle can be filled with water and your own preferred cleaning solution. 
Check out our list of 25 homemade natural products for cleaning to use with the mop!
The mop head actually flips over and rotates so tweens can learn to use both sides of mop to get the floors clean. The microfiber mop head is washable so have tweens throw it in the laundry when they are done mopping. And then they can do a load of laundry so it’s ready for the next time.
Take Care of Pets: Kids love to own pets, until they have to actually take care of them.  Our kids feed, water and take care of litter boxes and dog poop on a daily basis.
Tips: Set up an area with plastic bags, litter scoopers, and a trash bin just for pet waste. We have an outside trash bin where all the waste gets thrown out. 
Fill and Empty Dishwasher: Most kids are capable of emptying the dishwasher, but filling it takes some skill. Take the time to teach your tween how to properly load the dishwasher. They won’t love being instructed, but it’ll save a lot of dirty dishes!
Tip: Use the dishwasher detergent pods so tweens don’t over or under fill the machine with soap when running load.  Pods are lifesavers for parents of tweens!
Tweens can be great helpers around the house if you provide with the right tools and a little space to take on more responsibility.
Ready to get started? Print out this chore chart for tweens! It’s blank so that you can fill in chores for tweens that work for your household.

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  • ELi
    September 30, 2019

    I am a kid who wants to make some good cash helping out, thanks for the tips

  • agario
    October 31, 2018

    I love the chore chart concept.

  • madalin stunt cars 2
    September 25, 2017

    I love that this is reusable. So much better than printing out a new one every week.

  • Animeyt
    August 14, 2017

    Great post! Thanks

  • Lani Derrick
    August 3, 2017

    I love the chore chart concept.

  • Brooke
    August 3, 2017

    It’s so true about them not liking being told what to do. I have a similar list for my kids and they’re younger so we work off of a marble jar. There are certain things they HAVE to do over the summer to earn their iPod time. The rest is optional but if they do everything on the list for the day they get marbles for every job. Their jar fills up FAST. that way and they like the $$$$.

  • Cris of Kiss My Tulle
    August 3, 2017

    I love that this is reusable. So much better than printing out a new one every week.

  • Jessica Holoka
    August 2, 2017

    I need a mop like that for my house! With a husband who’s constantly working in the garage and a dog who loves being outside, our floors can really build up dirt! The printable is great, too!

  • Sarah Halstead
    August 2, 2017

    Thanks for the printable. That mop looks awesome.

  • Lisa
    August 2, 2017

    My kids have chores to complete daily and mopping is one of them. I think I need to invest in the O-Cedar Spray mop for my floors. Love how it rotates allowing the user to use both sides of the mop!