Cleaning can be such a “chore” n’est pas?! I try to make housework a family activity because A) it gets it done faster (mostly) and B) it teaches the kids the life skill of keeping things clean. Here are my 8 Tips To Get Your Kids To Help Clean…
8 Tips To Get Your Kids To Help Clean…
Making it fun really is the key (otherwise you are in for a whole lot of complaining). When I do laundry, I lift my son to stand on the dryer – and let him pour in the Tide into the washing machine. He LOVES watching the washing machine swish around as the water fills up with soapy bubbles.
For my tween and teen, there needs to be added-value in housework…like the treat of listening to music. They are free to tune into their ipods or tune into “their” radio station while they tidy. It makes the chores go by smoother.
Normally, it’s “hands-off” Mom’s stuff, but when it comes time for clean up I let the kids use “tools”. You should see the fights over who gets to use the Swiffer (crazy, I know…but proves tools can be fun).
When it comes to housework, time it. Make it a race to see who can put their socks away faster. How fast they can run to their room to put away their t-shirts and then run back. And also, just time the amount of time it takes to do the chores…don’t spend all day on it…a 10 minute tidy can be enough to keep your living room in a proper state.
To reduce sibling squabbles, give them a “job”. In my house, one child sets the table and the other one clears. It gives them set responsibilities and jobs yet keeps the amount of work equal.
I truly believe one of the best tips to get your kids to help clean is to make it a family activity. Saturday mornings, we all tidy our respective rooms. No one is sitting on the couch or at a screen. We are all doing the same thing.
With younger kids, I recommend to create cleaning games. Like putting two Bounty sheets underneath the feet of your toddler and letting him “skate” through the living room while holding your hand. It cleans the floor and busts some boredom!
Finally, positive reinforcement is the only way to go when it comes to getting your kids to help clean. Smiles. Saying “Good Job”. Commenting on how good your house looks. Maybe even a cookie treat after the housework is done. All go towards making chores a better experience.
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