Good manners and traits should be taught to our children even at their early ages. In a way we are dealing with discipline and their cooperation in keeping our households in order. It may not be easy for most parents, but just keep trying and you will eventually get your kids to agree with your chosen setup. Let me share to 8 simple tips that you must follow to make your children help you clean your house without them feeling the weight of it.
- Teach them to clean – The first thing you need to do is to teach them why it is important to clean up. Then, you should allow them to watch you do the chores before actually asking them to do some. Talk them through what you are doing and why are you doing it to help them fully understand.
- Wipe out their excuses – Your children may not fully grasp the idea that they may resort to making excuses just to avoid the work. Before scolding them, try to identify why they make such excuses and get deeper into the problem that they may be facing. Perhaps they are afraid they will have allergic reactions to dust or your cleaning agents. Get into the problem and address it accordingly.
- Motivate them to do the work – If you think them seem uninterested in doing the chore, don’t force them upfront! They will probably throw a tantrum for that. Think of ways which can make them do the work. Perhaps sing their favourite song, or better yet compose your clean up song with the action words required for you’re the chore.
- Select age-appropriate chores – Children may see it as a torture or punishment if you assign them a chore that is beyond their capabilities. Remember that their hands are just small and their reach is limited. Try to give them smaller chores like wiping the table or arranging the pillows for starters.
- Devise a schedule and stick to it – Children tend to be excited whenever they are told that they should be expecting something to happen. Telling them that they will again do a chore with you the next day or they get to learn a new one will somehow stimulate and motivate them to do it.
- Create a chart – In my experience, I believe that charts are effective not just in keeping track of the things that should be done, but also in getting everyone in the household involved. This will also teach your child that everyone in the house has a responsibility to do.
- Use a timer – Making your child do the chore may take you a long time, and the same goes to them actually completing the assigned chore. To make things more exciting and attainable for them, use a timer every time they do a chore. Perhaps take it as a game so they will enjoy it as much as they do in their playtime.
- Provide the necessary supplies – Some parents give their children their own set of tools when doing household chores. This too may be effective in keeping them interested in what they are doing and will definitely earn you their nod.