One of the most important parts of parenting is teaching our children how to be resourceful and self-reliant and taking care of the family home is a great way to hold these lessons. If you would like to help your child develop these beneficial skills and garner some in the process, the following tips may be just what you need.
Forming a Clean Team
Children are often, but have no clue how to perform many common household chores. By forming a cleaning team with your child, they will be able to mimic your actions to learn how to correctly perform the task, and you will both benefit from the interaction of working together.
When working out the details for your home cleaning team, remember that children of different ages have different attention spans, as well as different skill sets. To maximize the lessons (and the amount of housework that gets accomplished), plan frequent, short sessions and make them as enjoyable as possible by using some of the following suggestions:
- Use age appropriate, upbeat music and mix up the genres to make it fun. For example, consider breaking out some 80s disco tunes for your teenagers and alphabet songs for the toddler crowd.
- Incorporate physical activity into cleaning chores to and a fun workout by practicing your dance moves with your kids while mopping the floor or scrubbing walls.
- As the kids become more proficient with their tasks, create a lottery to assign the chores for the week. This adds some excitement while making sure that no child is stuck with the same chores again and again. To do this, write each chore on a slip of paper and have each child draw them from a fishbowl. Keep track of the completed chores on a dry erase or chalk board and award a prize each week to the child who successfully completes all their tasks – even your prizes can be family oriented, such as a trip to the movies.
- Institute a nightly scavenger hunt to find and put away items that have been strewn about through the day. To add excitement, set the kitchen timer for five or ten minutes and have all