By: Krystle Crossman
As your children grow older, it is a good idea to start teaching them how to clean things around the house. This will give them a sense of responsibility and discipline. You can start them out young with small chores and then work up to bigger chores once they grow. Here are some of the best tips and tricks from home-school mom, Jamie Martin, to teach them how to clean efficiently.
1. Keep it simple. There is no need for complicated chore wheels or charts that are a chore in and of themselves. Keep a list on the fridge on a white board or a piece of paper so that the kids know what their chores for the day are.
2. Try to make things fun. The day is stressful enough between work and school; being at home shouldn’t have to be as well. Tell the kids to have a dance party while they are dusting or make a small competition out of it.
3. Don’t pile the chores on top of them one after another. Start slowly and give them one chore. Help them to master that chore and then you can move on to teaching them another one.
4. Remember that this is a way to help nurture your relationships with your children. A clean home is a happy home and it is even better when you have all taken part in that cleaning process.
Now you need to make a plan of action to figure out who will be doing what chore and how you will organize it all. Break it down to make things easier.
1. Decide on what chores need to be done daily, which ones need to be done every few days and which ones can be done once a week. You want to make sure that the chores are kept up with and setting a schedule will help your child to focus on the task at hand as well.
2. Now you need a plan:
a. What needs to be done? Make a list of the chores that need to be done in each room to make it easier to visualize.
b. How do you decide who does what? One great idea is to put the chores on small pieces of paper and then put those pieces in a bowl. Have the children draw a chore and when they are done they can come back and draw more as you see fit.
3. Once the chores are done it is time to reward the kids for a great job. This can be however you chose to handle it, such as a gold star stuck on a board that leads to toys, or you can give them a sweet snack.
4. Watch them as they do their chores and look for areas that they can improve upon. Help guide them to do it the right way.
5. Don’t feel like you are making them do your work for you. Think about it for them over the long run. If they learn how to do these things now, they will not have to struggle when they are on their own later in life.