Cleaning chores are no one’s favourite thing to do. Not your kids’ favorite thing, not your spouse’s, not yours. Let us not fool ourselves with this. Cleaning is hardly anyone’s favourite thing to do. But it is inevitable and it needs to be done.
It is not your job to be doing all of the chores on your own. It is very essential, in fact, that you include your child into the cleaning process. Teaching your child to help at home will also teach him/her valuable lessons that will help him or her later in life to be a productive and a conscientious member of society.
But herein lies the problem. As no kid ever wants to do chores instead of play games, you need to find a way to make your child help with the cleaning chores but also do it in a way that they do not start hating cleaning or you for making them do it.
Children are sometimes oblivious and do not understand the importance of some things, such as cleaning, and you need to get very creative when trying to include them in the cleaning process.
Depending on your child’s age there are a number of ways you can provoke the desire in your kid to clean and help. If your kid is a toddler or a preschooler you could make cleaning a game. Put on some music, get a timer and set a time limit for him or her to complete their chore.
You can make up a rewarding system that will benefit your kids at the end of the week or the month, etc. But I would not recommend this for the young children as they might get used to the idea that they should be rewarded for helping when it is actually essential that they learn to help because it is the right thing to do.
You can leave the rewarding system for older children that will not be entertained and fooled by games…or your spouse.
You can play games, make-believe, dance while cleaning, etc.
One thing you should also remember is that when you have young children you should always give them more specific chores and one at a time so that they understand you clearly what you want and are not being overwhelmed with a number of chores to do and refuse to do them at all. When they are done with that one chore, ask them to help with another one.
And of course, all chores that you give them should be age- appropriate. And in order to not make your children hate cleaning chores Mortlake Upholstery cleaning suggests you should ask them to do things that are more related to them. Kids are mainly interested in their toys and they own things – so make them clean their room, their toys, organise their closet, make their bed, etc.
Some girls like to help their mothers in the kitchen, some boys like to help their dads. Dress them in clothes that look like uniforms or just aprons, put on rubber gloves and have them be around you and help with things that they find interesting. Water plants, organise dad’s tools (the safe ones of course) etc.
And most of all, be careful of your attitude. Always have a positive voice when talking to them about chores, and be yourself positive while doing chores. Whenever they ask for help, help them. When they ask for an inspection, check up their work and praise them if they have done a good job.
Be creative and make cleaning fun for your child and make sure they understand that it is important to help and contribute with the cleaning around the house.
About the author
Coriss Kohn is a owner of a small cleaning company. She is a mother of two little beautiful girls and loves to write articles. Her favourite theme is cleaning and organizing.