As mothers we all know that kids and cleaning is like oil and water, they don’t mix! Getting our little ones to pick up their mess or do their chores is easier said than done. At times we feel it’s just easier to do it ourselves. I have here a couple ideas that may get those toys put up, and the best part is you didn’t have to start a screaming match to get the job done.
1. AND THE RACE BEGINS!
This is one of my favorite tricks! Trying to get your toddler to pick up all those toys can be a battle but turning it into a game is sure way to get that little guy involved. See who can pick up the most toys the fastest! Your kid wins leaving him proud of himself and encouraging him to want to do it again! Pretty slick, huh? I thought so.
2. LET THEM PICK A CHORE
Another fun idea is letting kids pick their own chore. Making sure the chore is appropriate for the age. Taking trash out or feeding the dog is great chore for your 6 year old. For the older ones they can take on something a little more heavily. As the younger ones get older you can always switch up chores.
3. TEAM EFFORT
Hand out a list of very simple of chores that need to be done. This list will have chores for every age. Then set a certain amount of time for the list to be completed. If the list is completed before the time is up the team wins and they get a prize. Whether its ice cream or renting their favorite movie. This is a great way to get all the kids working together.
Kids and cleaning have never gone hand in hand. With these fun little ideas it’s a for sure way to get everyone to pitch in and help out. Keep rewards simple. We don’t want kids thinking that every time the trash is taking out he goes for ice cream. Kids have to understand that it takes a lot to keep a house clean and having a clean home is a reward itself!