How often have you said, “go clean your room,” only to receive a mean face or even a tantrum? Maybe one, maybe too many, but surely you wish it wouldn’t have to be that hard.
The truth is, cleaning is not the most fun thing to do in the world. And if adults sometimes lack the motivation to do so, it is understandable that children dread cleaning time if that means they must stop doing something they like.
But hope is not lost, and there are various techniques you can put into practice to get your kids to help with the housework. Check them out here!
Involving your kids in housework is preparing them for the future
Teaching your kids to clean goes beyond just a tidy room in the house. A study published by the University of Minnesota found that kids that participate in household chores at an early age were more successful later in life—career, family, social relationships, etc.
The way you present the tasks also matters. Cleaning chores shouldn’t be too overwhelming; instead, deliver the tasks in a way that fits the child’s capabilities. Another recommendation is to involve the kids in deciding the tasks they will complete—weekly charts work wonders!
Here are five tips to help you involve your kids in the cleaning routine.
Tip #1. Give them notice beforehand
Abruptly making your kids do cleaning tasks can be harsh for them. It is better to let them know with anticipation, giving them time to wind down.
You can try giving them a verbal cue or setting the time to start cleaning from the get-go—”let’s clean in 10 minutes.” As your children grow older, scheduled tasks will work better.
Tip #2. Learn about the age-appropriate chores
A vital part of the learning process for your children (and future success) is giving them tasks that fulfill their sense of accomplishment. If your kids struggle to complete a task, they’ll get frustrated instead of learning.
Every age range develops different abilities, so the chores assigned to your kids must be adequate for their physical and mental stages.
Tip #3. Show them how it’s done
Imagine you go to a gym for the first time. Will you know what and how to do it without help? Kids can feel frustrated and reluctant because they don’t know how to do the tasks you are giving them.
Besides, children learn through modeling, so helping them is even more critical. You’ll notice your kids become more receptive to cleaning as time passes.
Tip #4. Make it fun
Kids love games; with enough creativity, you can use that in your favor. For example: make a list of various tasks and set a timer. Then challenge your kids to complete as many tasks as possible before the time is up. They’ll love the new approach!
You can try different games that fit your kids’ personalities for a far more effective outcome.
Tip #5. Reward their efforts
Kids need acknowledgment for better development. A reward after completing a chore (or a set of tasks) makes kids feel happier and associate cleaning with positive feelings.
The reward can range from something big like a trip to a theme park to something that may seem smaller, like a “well done, pal!”
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