How to get your kids excited about cleaning
It's no secret that chores can be *really* boring, even for us adults. Getting kids to help tidy the house can be a chore within itself; one that makes you second guess if it's even worth it. All that time spent listening to them complain or worm their way out of helping could have just been spent doing that chore yourself. Even worse, if they're not excited to help, chances are they won't put much effort in. This will mean that you're most likely going to have to redo what they did as soon as they're finished.
However, getting your kids excited about cleaning now is something that will pay off in the long run -- both for you and for the kids as they grow and gain more responsibilities.
Here's how to get your kids excited about cleaning:
- Put on some music to boost energy and get everyone moving. We've even put together a Playtime by Eimmie Spotify channel with tons of playlists for you to enjoy.
- Encourage friendly competition amongst kids, such as "who can finish their chores quickest?" Be careful with the rules you provide, because fast chores aren't always the most efficient.
- Purchase adorable kid-sized cleaning tools that match mom's. You can twin as you clean!
- Give a treat or reward such as an extra half hour to play a video game or an extra scoop of ice cream with dessert.
- Find chores they like to do and delegate those regularly. For example, if one child loves to fold laundry while the other prefers to do dishes after dinner, make sure to allow them to keep those chores on their to-do lists.
- Keep it short and sweet so they don't get bored and worn out. That's a reminder for yourself, as well!
- Don't redo their work because they may think they're not good enough and they won't be so eager to help next time. Or at least do it when they're not looking.
- Always show appreciation. A simple 'thank you' goes a long way!
Do your kids get excited about cleaning? What are their favorite chores to do?