Having our kids help us with household chores can be quite difficult, and completing chores with small children stuck to our legs can prove to be impossible! Finding ways to include your children in cleaning routines doesn’t have to be a “chore” in itself. We at Able Cleaning have come up with some tips to help get your kids involved while teaching them responsibility and independence. Be sure to choose age appropriate chores when designating duties, and always recognize a job well done!
Shadowing– Little ones love to mimic the actions of adults, particularly their parents. Allowing your little one to follow you around while you’re doing your daily routines is always fun, it makes them feel like they are helping. Typically when children feel like they are making a contribution they will want to participate more.
Toys– Make picking up their toys a fun activity. One game I play with my own children is playing the color game; how many red toys can they find? Blue? Yellow? Green? Or singing a silly clean up song is always fun!
Vacuum– For younger children, having them push around a toy vacuum at the same time as you is a great way for them to learn the routine. For slightly older children you can have them help push the vacuum or try having them see how fast they can get the floor clean before you can vacuum the area! It makes for great memories of laughter and fun while still getting through your routine.
Sweeping– Letting your younger children use a small handheld broom to sweep the floor really makes them feel like BIG helpers, or allowing them to hold the dustpan while you sweep up the dirt can prove to be fun for them!
Laundry– I promise that you can make laundry fun. Allow them to put laundry in the baskets by making a fun game. Playing toss and having them try and make it in the basket is a great way to get them involved. Another way is by playing the color game, having them pick out all of the white socks or blue shirt.
Dusting– Try giving your child a dry dust cloth and allow them to wipe lower shelves as you can do the high ones. This is a great way to get your smaller children involved. It really makes them feel like they are helping Mom or Dad.
Setting the table– Another great way to get your kids excited about helping is to allow them to assist you in setting the dinner table. Smaller children can lay napkins and spoons, and older children plates and forks. After dinner try having them help you clear the dishes by bringing them to you at the sink. I even allow my children to get a chair and stand by the sink and help rinse the dishes with warm water. Again they feel like they are really being a big help, and most kids love to play in the water!
With the help of your children, cleaning your house can be fun and still completely quickly. Remember to reward them often for helping, always highlighting how important their help was in getting the job done.
How do you reward your children for helping with the cleaning?