Let's face it -- kids love to make messes whenever they can, but convincing them to clean up
afterwards can be kind of a challenge. Cleaning and de-cluttering just
seems so, well, boring to children (gee, I wonder why?), but if you get a
little bit creative, you can teach them that cleaning can actually be
And in addition to that, developing routines and giving kids household chores has been shown to teach them a strong sense of responsibility and self-worth.
I do the best I can at keeping chores fun for my son, and a tip I use to get him involved with cleaning is to hand him the duster,
which he absolutely loves. He'll run that thing all over every piece of
furniture in our house simply because he loves to see the dust attach
to it. I get nice, clean surfaces, and he feels a sense of satisfaction,
so it's always a win-win.
Dr. Laura Jana,
a pediatrician and mom of three, definitely knows a thing or two about
getting kids excited about helping with household chores. She partnered
with Lysol to promote a line of kid-friendly cleaning
products, and here are some tips they offered on how to get your
children interested in keeping your house neat and tidy.
Make cleaning a game everyone can enjoy -- Set a
timer in the house for each chore and then celebrate when it gets done
in that time frame. Or turn cleaning into a hide and seek game, and have
your kids hunt down the dirtiest spots in the house. You can even play
things really simple, and set up an assembly line in your house to get
Use a rewards system -- Make a chore chart for your
kids, and each time one is completed, reward them with a sticker. Once
they get a certain amount of stickers, have a prize they can achieve at
the end, such as a fun activity, allowance, or even a new toy.
Germ warfare -- If kids understand how important it
is to kill harmful germs so they don't get sick, they'll be more likely
to want to get every last germ out of your house.
Give them "promotions" as they get older -- It's
always important to choose family friendly cleaning products, and to
teach your kids about safely handling them. Start younger kids out with
simple tasks like putting away their toys, and then as they get older,
"promote" them and let them do things like scrubbing and vacuuming.
What kinds of cleaning chores do you give your kids?
What I do is try to find what chores they like to do. For instance my 8yo ds loves wiping things down, 13yo dd likes scrubbing toilets and 6yo dd likes helping with dishes. That still leaves a lot of other stuff to do, but it's better than nothing.
Ha! My kids would rather lose privileges than follow any type of chore chart. Lol
They stopped loving chores when they realized that they were going to be doing it more than they were offering to do it. hahahaha