I hate to clean and would never pretend to be an expert. I have discovered a few tips that have helped get my girls involved in the process. If I want them to help, I need to make it as fun and enjoyable as possible. Here is what works for me.
- Setting a Timer: I challenge my girls to clean one room in a certain amount of time. I set a timer to go off and we clean super fast to see if we can meet the deadline. My girls love this and it gives them a beginning and an end to cleaning. I usually set it for about twenty minutes. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in that amount of time when you are focusing on cleaning.
- Bridge: My girls have a perfectly fun room upstairs in our house but for some reason all of the toys and blankets always end up on our main level. I pile up all of their belongings at the bottom of the stairs and we play a game called bridge (not to be mistaken for the card game). One child goes at the bottom of the stairs one at the top and one in the middle and we toss the stuff from one person to the next until all of their toys are upstairs. They love this. I think it’s the throwing of the stuff that makes it so much fun. They giggle if someone misses the catch and the object comes tumbling back down the stairs. They love to see how much cleaner the room looks without all of their stuff in it.
I know that it would be easier to just do all the cleaning myself. But they would not learn a thing. I have fun with my girls when we clean this way. It is good quality time with them. I know it makes them want to help me more when they know it is going to be fun.
What tips do you have for getting your kid’s to help clean?
Carly is a contributing writer for Mommy Moment. She has 3 very dramatic but beautiful girls ages 7, 5, and 2. Carly loves to write, cook, and connect with other moms through this crazy thing called blogging! See what she has been up to over at www.livingthescream.com.