Young kids (generally between the ages of 6 and 12) should be taught that household chores are not just meant just for their moms and dads. All younger children should have learned to “Pick up, Put Away, and Clean up after play.” The earlier you teach your kids to share the responsibilities of helping out in the house and picking up after themselves, the easier it will be for them when they are adults.
If you want to get your kids to fulfill their cleaning and tidying responsibilities read on for some helpful tips!
Keep the Mood Light!
Don’t let them feel like cleaning is such a drag; lighten up the mood with some music and maybe even kid-friendly stories so that they don’t get bored or disinterested halfway through cleaning. By letting them dance around a little while tidying up their room, they’ll be having too much fun to care about the fact that they’re doing chores!
Give them a Hand
Kids are less motivated when they have to do chores on their own. While there are times when they have to work alone, it would be nice if occasionally you spared a couple of minutes to help them, perhaps just wiping a bedroom shelf or arranging their books neatly. Make sure that you aren’t doing all the work and so you only support and guide them. You could even make things a little more fun by hiding coins or tiny gifts or “treasures” in their dirty spots, but don’t do that all the time.
Teach them to Clean
While your kids may not understand the science behind the ill effects of living in an unsanitary home, you can use simple words and terms to teach them about the importance of a clean house, particularly in their rooms. Explain to your kids the allergic reactions that may be triggered by dusty and dirty surfaces so that they choose to clean and polish the furniture without being nagged.
You can teach them that everything has a place – toys, children’s books, and other knick-knacks – to help them learn organization skills. Teach them how to make their beds when they wake up so that they can start the day off in a right way.
Come up with “cleaning challenges”
Your kids will eventually get bored with doing the same, easy cleaning chores over time. So as time goes by, you should find ways to make the cleaning tasks more challenging. Think of it as “graduating” from picking up their toys to sweeping the floor or some other age-appropriate task. You can check out this link for a detailed blog about age-appropriate chores.
You can also make it a race if you have more than two kids. It could be a game of who can clean their room, or finish their chores faster. Making things just a little more challenging for them allows them to grow into more demanding tasks, preparing them for adulthood when they must clean up their messes.
Whenever you have guests coming for overnight visits or special events like parties or holiday-themed activities, you can invite your children to help clean and decorate. There are such things that are more fun when you do them together.
Give them a Weekly Allowance/Reward
Sometimes, kids need incentives to get their work done. By offering a weekly allowance or reward that you’re sure they’ll appreciate, they’ll be more motivated than ever to do the housework tasks or chores assigned to them. You may even want to post a task chart for them for reference. Then if you have a particular duty that needs to be done, you could post that with a reward or fee to be earned if it is done.
Another thing you could do is let them hear you boast how they helped to clean up or decorate before the guests or other family members arrived. According to www.alpinemaids.com, this gives them a sense of pride in what they did, which is also rewarding.