Great moms are no longer about sticky floors, messy kitchens, piles of laundry, dirty ovens and happy kids. On the contrary, they are about clean floors, neat kitchens and crisp laundry accomplished with the help of their kids. I’m just not convinced if the kids are happy in the latter scenario, but mums sure are!
Hold that thought; for our latest guest blogger Nicole is passionate about everything related to home improvement, cleaning and organizing. Residing in London, she runs a small cleaning company together with her husband. As a writer, she takes it upon herself to create as much awareness as she can and today, she addresses the tricky subject of how to have your child not hate chores.
Read on to know more.
Considering you have taken to going online and researching how to get your kids to do chores is enough proof that it is one of the most challenging things that a parent has to do. It is no surprise that a child doesn’t want to do a chore, adults don’t want to do it either, but we are old enough to be constrained to society’s expectations and the responsibilities that loom over us every single day. So why not get the kids in on the fun while they are still young. Now it is time for you to learn how to have your child not hate chores.
Kids wouldn’t appreciate having to do chores when they have already been at school the whole day. So it is best to start their cleaning training during the weekends or when they are out of school, and over time the chores can start seeping in the weekdays. Still, a little extra help during the weekends brings so much more to the table, thanks to their help, you will save yourself so much time and you will be a good parent. Speaking of time, when you start giving them cleaning tasks during the week, you can also teach them about time management.
Kids would process things easier if they are treated like games. So you can get them to tidy up their room by adding a sprinkle of imagination and a really solid and Oscar worthy scenario. A child’s imagination is very powerful so why not use it in your favor? If you are familiar with an art piece which is an analog clock that is counting down to the Apocalypse, you can set up something similar in your child’s room. A timer counting down before the floor becomes lava so your child has to put away all of the toys and books on shelves, baskets and so on.
Kids don’t grasp the fact that you are working hard to take care of the entire household. If they are able to understand the concept of sympathy, maybe they will want to offer help themselves and help you clean. The most efficient way is to have a deep and meaningful conversation with them and that would be enough to convince them that their contribution is very important. And still, it is known that some kids would over time fall back into their previous attitude towards chores, so a soft reminder and a throwback to the first conversation could go a long way.
When giving chores to your kids, do not overburden them. Give them only kid friendly cleaning chores appropriate for their age and never dare to restrict yourself to gender norms. Let’s say that you give your younger daughter a task she can easily handle, like feeding the pets while your older son can take care of something that requires more maturity and skill, like walking the dog. You can go along and make them work together on different chores around the house. Have the younger child collect all of their clothes for laundry, and the older child can iron them.
To wrap this up, you need to remind yourself to always be patient. If you have negative energy, your child will get it as well and things will only get worse. The cleaning chores are not going anywhere, don’t worry about that. The most important thing is for you to make sure that there is love and harmony around the household. A piled up list of chores isn’t a legitimate excuse for there to be screaming and nagging and throwing fits. So with that said, it is probably time to undergo this feat.