Any parents with small children know just how messy a child can be. They get into everything, spread it around, and have fun making a mess. The problem comes when it’s time to clean up. You want to teach your children responsibility and that they need to clean up their messes, but it can be incredibly difficult to keep their attention.
You don’t want to be cleaning up after your kids forever, so it is important to figure out how to teach them that cleaning is not only necessary, but it can be fun too!
We all know that children love games, and one of the best ways to teach a child any skill is by making a game around it. House cleaning is no exception!
Fun Things You Can Do
One tried and true method that seems to work for any child in any given situation is to establish a race. Have you ever told a child that you bet you are faster than them? They can’t wait to prove just how fast they really are. The same principal can be applied to cleaning. Tell your child that you think you can pick up more blocks than they can and watch how quickly those blocks go back to the toy chest!
Another fun activity is playing dress up. Every child has a fantasy of being a princess, cowboy, or astronaut, why not play into those fantasies? Dress up like cowboys and tell your child that their toys are people and their toy chest is the town, and the people need help getting back home. They will love being able to help, and to use their imaginations of being a real-life cowboy!
Once you have established these games, and have participated with them, you will see how they will be eager to clean up once playtime is over. If you have established a routine, you will find that your children will start to clean up after themselves on their own, because they know it is expected of them and that it is fun to do.
One of the most important things a parent can teach a child is how to be responsible. By appealing to a child’s imagination, you are showing them that it doesn’t have to be difficult, while at the same time keeping a clean home. It will be much easier to vacuum, dust, and clean windows once you have decluttered, and you will have the benefits of teaching your child responsibility, all while maintaining a healthy and clean home! Of course there are times when it may be easier to hire a maid service for those deep down cleans.[dcl=6335]