Are you constantly picking up your kids’ clothes and toys? Follow these simple steps to teach them to lend a hand.Are you constantly picking up your kids’ clothes and toys? Follow these simple steps to teach them to lend a hand.
Step 1: Create a clean-up song Make up a catchy clean-up song with the kids. When it is time to clean-up, initiate it by singing your song.
Step 2: Clean together Make cleaning a joint effort and praise your children for their hard work.
TIP: Be specific with cleaning instructions and follow through.
Step 3: Reward your helpers Offer a trip to the park or an allowance to provide an incentive for hard work.
TIP: Makes chores fun, never a punishment.
Step 4: Make a chore board Make a chore board to let kids keep track of chores accomplished. Let them decorate the chore board with stickers or their own drawings.
Step 5: Make it a game Make cleaning a game by seeing who can clean the fastest, the quietest, or while dancing.
Step 6: Make it routine Be consistent and firm. Cleaning will become a part of daily life, not a chore.
FACT: Did you know? In the United States, the average six-room home collects 40 pounds of dust per year.