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It’s not easy to get the kids involved in keeping the house clean. If you’re tired of constantly nagging them to help out around the home, it may be time to change your tactics.
We’ve listed our top tips below to give you a helping hand:
Make it fun
Let’s face it no one likes cleaning, so expecting your kids to help out around the home is easier said than done.
Try injecting some fun into their cleaning tasks by putting some music on and having a dance, or maybe try a spot of role-play by creating a make believe cleaning company and making them the boss. You can let them dress up in a pair of Marigolds and give them a checklist.
Children don’t know how to clean so make sure you lead by example.
For example getting them to put away their toys once they have finished playing with them. And, if they’re really young you could even put images onto cupboards or boxes showing where the different types of toys or stationary go – start as you mean to go on.
I’m sure you know by now that routines can definitely help when it comes to raising a child – so why stop now!
Get them to help you make a colourful cleaning chart full of glitter and stickers. And rather than setting huge jobs, break them down into smaller tasks; instead of ‘clean your room’ the chart might say ‘polish shelves in room’ or ‘put toys into toy box’.
A good bribe will have them helping around the home in no time.
This could be a small treat such as a chocolate bar or toy for helping out; or add a marble to a jar each time they complete a task and once the jar is full treat them to a day out or let them pick a bigger toy from the supermarket.
Trick them into cleaning by turning it into a game.
Ready, set, go – give them 5 minutes to clean up their room and see who can do the most. Or challenge them to a sock matching race with the winner getting to pick what programme they want to watch on the TV that evening.
How do you get your children to help keep the house clean? We’d love to know in the comments below.