We all understand cleaning is a difficult task. However, cleaning isn't generally an option. After all, the dishes should be cleaned, the garments should be washed,
and the restrooms should be sparkly. Domestic chores are a significant part of our daily lives.
Do your kids whine about washing their hands before dinner? Do they forget their
pit stop at the sink because washing their hands is ‘just boring"? Let’s be honest,
part of being young is finding the fun in making a mess. But parents have a
responsibility to establish healthy hygiene habits, so finding creative ways to make
cleaning just as fun is super critical.
Kids are particularly defenseless to sicknesses and diseases brought about by
germs. Germs can spread easily by holding someone's hand, touching the swing
set, or simply being in the vicinity of other kids their age.
Below are the 4 clever ways to introduce cleaning to kids:
1. Sing A Song
Washing their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is an excellent way to
kills many germs. Washing both top and bottom of the hands, making sure not to
miss the finger nails is the “ABC” of hand washing. A hand sanitizer can be a
decent substitute if there's no running water nearby. Creating a hand-washing melody with your kids is great method for reinforcing this habit.
Here’s a classic:
Wash your hands
Wash them nice and clean.
Scrub them here (with hand motion scrubbing together)
Scrub them there (with hand motion scrubbing tops of hands)
And scrub them in between (with hand motion scrubbing between fingers).”
2. Make it a Game
Most children love a good challenge especially when its rewarded with recognition! Set the kitchen clock for 10 minutes and challenge your kids to ‘Beat
3. Clean Together
It goes without saying, kids model what they see. If you’re not the tidiest person,
you may have to put on a good show to prevent huge unmanageable messes around your house. Show them they are not in this alone, and eventually they’ll follow suit on their own. Also, tidying up together can be fun, takes less time, and frequently urges a hesitant kid to take part.
4. Story Time Tidy
Next time your kids’ room or toy region turns into a disaster zone, urge your kids
to pick their favorite book. Start perusing the story while they clean. Finish the
story or proceed to the next part when the room is clean.
Turn cleaning instruments into their newest toy, kids love new toys. If you need them to dust, turn the duster into magic wand. Turn the vacuum in to the vacuum-mobile. Keep a cadre of new toys (cleaning instruments) accessible for them to utilize on daily basis!
Let’s be frank, cleaning isn’t the most glamorous or fun activity and getting our
kids to comply on a daily basis can be a tall task. As you try the techniques above,
be sure to watch intently what works and what doesn’t. Ultimately our kids will
show us what motivate them most.