I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had a chance to start my spring cleaning. But I decided that this weekend my family and I were going to do a nice, deep cleaning.
In particular, my husband and I wanted to make sure our kids – who are still fairly young (9 and 11) – learn the importance of keeping things nice and clean. But I wasn’t sure of what’s the best way to engage them.
So I found some tips from Rasmussen.edu that I will be using to help get them get going:
- Use a cleanup song: Find a song the kids like, and sing it as many times as you can possibly stand it!
- Ensure the chores are age-appropriate
- Start with one-step commands: The task should be small, perhaps no more than 5 – 10 minutes. Once they’re finished, make sure to give some positive reinforcement.
- Focus on the successes: Make the chores fun by focusing on what your child is learning and doing well.
- Don’t give in and do it yourself
- Make sure you are also having fun
Spring cleaning is an excellent opportunity for your kids to learn responsibility and grow their self-confidence. Are there any tips you have for getting children to chip in with the cleaning? I’d love to hear about them!
Remember: At this time of year, it’s important to remember to scan all of your spring cleaning item purchases for both indoors and outdoors, such as brooms, mops, disinfectants, storage bins, rug cleaners, trash bags, lawn care/garden products, and so on. Also, before you put large, bulky items such as topsoil and fertilizer into the garage or shed, please scan them first so you don’t forget about them.