Chores should still be required of these teenagers around the age of legal adulthood – after all, they still live under your roof. But be mindful that obligations at home don’t conflict with your teen’s busy schedule. They deserve more freedoms but make sure to do your best to keep your kids grounded so they have a good sense of responsibility, money management and value of their personal possessions before they head off into the world.
- Drop off and pick up younger siblings (if your child has a driver’s license and enough experience behind the wheel).
- Prepare grocery lists and go shop for groceries alone (ditto).
- Prepare meals.
- Run errands (dry cleaning, hardware store, etc.).
Making chores worth doing is all about independence at this age. Allow them to use the car more often, provided they run a few errands while they're out. Little extras like a later curfew are a good reward for their help around the house, and even though they might act like they hate everyone, they will likely appreciate the added freedom and responsibility.
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