Allocating tasks and chores

chores for children allocating chores for children allocating tasks example tasks and chores for children extra school work, early bedtime for children homework club, children's banking, parent's time, going to the park, swimming lessons, sports activities extra spend time with the family evening school uniform school homework family timetable

As parents and carers looking after children, whether it’s one child or seven children, there is always lots to do and you never stop worrying about what needs to be done.  Your mind is like a hamster wheel of things you need and should do, things you shouldn’t and absolutely cannot forget to do, things which are very important, things your child or children need to do and can’t forget to do. People raising and looking after children never stop worrying about what needs to be done.

Allocating tasks and chores reduces the consistent worry and means you don’t have to keep worrying about forgetting things.  Of course, there will be days and times when you don’t do or miss things, but the important thing is that everyone including yourself and the whole family knows what is expected of them.

Below is an example of the kind of tasks and chores you could allocate for different days.

An example of tasks and chores.


  • Complete homework
  • Extra school work
  • Early bedtime for older children
  • Homework Club


  • Extra school work
  • Children’s banking
  • Relaxation evening for parents


  • Extra school work
  • After school club
  • Going to the park
  • Banking for children and yourself


  • Extra school work
  • Swimming lessons
  • Library


  • Put younger children to sleep early and spend time with the older child or children doing something of their choice. This can be fixed, for instance, playing card games, board games, watching something of their choice or just simply catching up on their school week


  • Weekend school
  • Sports activities
  • Extra work, Maths, English, Science worksheets or any extra work which you have set for the children, focusing on their weekly learning at school
  • Spend time with the family, playing games or doing other things which everyone enjoys
  • Family evening outing or Parent’s night out. (This could be alternated as well as being optional)


  • Iron school uniform in the morning, older children can do this themselves
  • Clean school shoes. Children old enough can do this without help.
  • School homework and sign school diary, go through school books and school homework
  • Read with children
  • Early night for children

You can fill in your own timetable with chores, tasks and things to do which suit your family. Discuss the tasks and chores with the whole family before filling it in, so that they understand the purpose of the timetable and that responsibility is shared.  Make it fun and colourful so that it stands out and maybe add stickers for achievement.


A routine of daily tasks is a great way of keeping on top of your ‘To Do’ list.Always put the timetable in a place where everyone can see it.

It’s OK if things don’t go according to the timetable; to avoid upset always explain to the family if there is a change.

Always try and allocate chores, tasks and things to do at times which are practical for yourself and the whole family

Below is a blank timetable, fill it in as it applies to your family and stick it somewhere where everyone can see it. The table can be edited to your preference.

An example of tasks and chores









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