Re: teaching kids life skills
My 8yr old can do simple cooking (scrambled eggs, hot dogs, etc.), start the washer and dryer, run the vacuum, sweep and mop, and do general clean up chores, folding everyone's laundry and putting away her laundry. (Not that she does all these things on the same day!)
My 6yr old can do the sweeping and vacuuming, cleaning up toys, putting away her laundry.
My 3yr olds can pick up their toys, pick up trash off the floor and throw it away, clean up their room (with some direction) and clear their dinner plates.
My 1yr old can clean up his toys with direction.