Ok, I will admit it right here and now, teaching kids to clean is not an easy task for most of us. I for one am not good at keeping an upbeat attitude when it comes to cleaning. If i was, I think I’d have a much better chance of having perfectly angelic little children who wanted to pitch in at every turn. But that is not our reality.
Teaching kids to clean can be frustrating, yet strangely, I can’t think of a better way for them to learn about life than through that very process. Someday, like it or not, they will need to know how to clean a shower or a toilet or a floor, they should know how to operate a vacuum a washing machine and a dishwasher.
So, before we get to the giveaway info part, here’s a few tips that help us when teaching our kids how to clean.
As much as I dislike cleaning, I think hubby has the right idea when he turns on the music and lightens the mood. It changes the whole environment and helps everyone’s attitudes…yes, even mine.
Make it Work
There’s nothing worse than having a system that simply doesn’t work. Our cleaning system is mediocre at best even now, but that’s primarily due to living space.
Having a cleaning kit that makes things simple to get to really helps the process of teaching kids to clean.
Answer the “Why’s”
Ok, truthfully, I definitely fall into the “because I said so” category of motherly sayings on a frequent basis, that said though, I think it’s very important for kids to understand why cleaning up is so important.
It’s not just about the visual appeal, but also very important for hygienic and safety reasons. Kids are smart, smart enough to act like they don’t get it even when they do, so taking a few minutes to explain the why’s can help a lot.
Keep it Clear
Helping kids not only understand why cleaning is important, but making sure they know exactly what their part of the cleaning entails is key. Kids have an extremely keen sense of “fairness” and while there is no way to be precise in measuring fair when it comes to cleaning, making sure that each person knows their job, knows how to do it and are solely responsible for completing that task can help eliminate a lot of those issues.
Despite it all, there will just be times that the house looks like a tornado ran through it (6 kids qualifies right?). So I’ll be the first to admit that I often wish someone else could do it for me!
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