Keeping your home tidy really does take a team (or one really tired parent) and getting the kids excited about chores can be difficult. From keeping up with the laundry to deep cleaning the bathrooms, household chores add up quickly and really are never-ending.
That’s why teaching the kids to help out at a young age important. While it might seem faster to just do it yourself, just know it’ll pay off in the long run. In fact, a longitudinal study over 25 years found that the best predictor for young adults’ success in their mid-20s was whether they participated in household tasks at the age of 3 or 4.
Let’s get right to it! Here’s a list of ways to get kids excited to help out around the house!
3 Tips To Get Kids Excited About Chores
1. Let your little ones get involved with chores they want to help with. Toddlers love imitating what they see their parents and older siblings do. In the beginning, they won’t really be “helping you clean” but they will start associating positive feelings toward things like sweeping with a broom and pushing the vacuum.
2. Give them chores they can do well (enough). I’m sure you can relate with this one (and probably have felt frustration from time to time). When you choose household chores for your children to participate with, make sure to give them jobs that they can complete to a standard you can live with. Give your guidance in the beginning and your thanks in the end. Remember, the end goal is to help encourage rather than frustrate your child with each cleaning task.
3. Choose chores with visible results. I know you might feel completely satisfied after you’ve wiped down the counter tops, cleaned the sink and the mopped the floor but this might not be the right job to maximize the reward of cleaning for children. Choose jobs that have immediate results. For example, dusting might not be as visibly different to your child to loading the dishwasher or putting away a pile of shoes by the front door.
Turn the Deep Cleaning Over to Us
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