Like many parents, I’m forever telling my child to tidy her room and pick up her toys. However, I don’t think it occurred to me until fairly recently that she’ll need to learn to do all chores eventually and there are quite a few that she could be helping out with already. I’m not saying we should be getting the children to do housework while we sit down with a cup of tea. But perhaps they could be helping out just a teeny bit more!
My guest poster is Nicole Gardiner, London-based cleaning business owner. She has a few tips to share how on to get children helping out around the house.
It’s never too soon to teach kids about cleaning
Teaching your children how to do cleaning chores will not just simply help you tremendously around the house but it will also teach them some valuable lessons which will be very helpful in their life as adults. It’s never too soon to show them how to do some simple cleaning tasks. Of course you should choose age-appropriate chores but their young age is not a reason to not teach them basic skills.
Set some rules
If you are having a hard time to make your kids to clean after their mess, you should start by showing them that there are certain rules they need to follow and there are consequences if they don’t keep those rules in mind. Tell your children that it is important to put their toys in a certain place or box before they move on the next toy. Even if they don’t pay you attention right away, you shouldn’t give in and do the decluttering on your own. Warn your kids that you will store away every toy which is laying on the floor. This will definitely motivate them after they loose a few of their favourite toys.
Teach them to declutter
This chore is hard even for adults and this is why it is important to teach your children how to properly clean their rooms from a young age. This is a very helpful skill which will be of a great help for your child when he/ she grows up to be an adult. Baskets may be great tools to make the decluttering easier. It is simpler to collect all the clothes at first and then store all the items that actually belong in the room and finally choose which toys can be kept and which can be donated. A lot of children are reluctant to throw away their old toys, however, if they are told that they can donate them to another kid and make him/ her happy, this makes the process much easier.
Let them help with the laundry
Kids can learn about sorting the laundry as early as 3 years old. In fact a lot of toddlers find the sorting of the laundry as some kind of a game. Older toddlers can even learn how to load and unload the washing machine and the dryer. If you start including your children in the laundry chores from a young age, you can be sure that by the time they become 10 years old they will be ale to do everything on their own and be a great help around the house.
Making the bed
This is probably one of the first things you can teach your kids. Show them how to make their beds properly. This is a skill which can contribute to the building of the character of your children. A good way to make the whole chore much easier is to eliminate any extra pillows or sheets, if your child doesn’t use them. This way the making of their beds will be much easier and faster.
It is never too soon to teach your children some valuable lessons. If your kid knows how to tackle some house cleaning chores from a young age, it will improve their personal skills a lot. Teaching your kids to be organized and tidy will help them to become responsible adults. Next time you do the house cleaning chores, don’t be afraid to include your little helpers in the process. The sooner you start to teach your children about cleaning, the easier it will be for them to handle difficult situations in life when they become adults.