Top 4 Reasons to Involve Kids in House Cleaning 19 February 2015

House cleaning is not actually entertaining – not for you, not for your spouse and not for your children as well. Of course, there are many people who genuinely enjoy domestic cleaning – but the truth is that they are only a handful and that the vast majority of the people out there would much rather prefer to have their house cleaned by professional cleaning contractors.

If you cannot hire a cleaning service though, you should definitely know that you don’t have to go through the entire home cleaning on your own. Involving the entire family (and this includes the younger members too) can be extremely beneficial for everyone. In fact, it is always recommended that you involve the kids in the easier cleaning tasks too – and there are many reasons to do this. Read on and find out about them!

•    Involving kids in the house cleaning process can teach them a very important lesson: they have a lot of rights as members of the family (and thus as members of the society), but they have responsibilities too. Even a 3-year old can easily pick up his/her toys and place them in a special box you have arranged for them and although this may not be a huge deal, it will slowly teach your kids important lessons.
•    You can teach your kids about being competitive too! One of the best ways in which you can make house cleaning fun for the little ones as well is by making it all feel like a competition or game. Asking your children to pick up the toys may be a good idea – but telling them that whoever picks up the most toys wins the “grand prize” will stir the competitive spirit in them and it will push them to do things faster and with more interest as well. From time to time, you can even involve yourself in the competition too and you can pretend that you “hope” they don’t win as well – and this will be a wonderful game to play with the little ones.
•    It’s healthy and it teaches the kids a lot about health. When “germs”, “bacteria” and other “invisible” monsters are taught in school, kids may pay attention. But the truth is that these things can be automatically “deleted” from a kid’s mind as soon as he goes out of the classroom. By showing your kids how to clean up different items in the home, they will always remember how important cleanliness is for their health. Even more than that, house cleaning is a healthy activity as such as well. As long as you keep your kids away from any potential hazards and away from any toxic substances, they will simply run around, pick up their toys, dust the shelves they can reach and do things that are fun, active and healthy for their bodies too.
•    You need help. You cannot deal with an entire home on your own and both your spouse and your children should understand that. Of course, you can clean up the more difficult parts (and you should obviously not leave anything too difficult for your kids, no matter how old they are), but getting a bit of help from your family will be better for everyone: the job will be done sooner, you will have more time to spend with each other and, eventually, you will learn how to bond over house chores as well. House cleaning doesn’t have to be a nightmare for anyone – and it all lies in just how well you organize things and on how you “relay” the information so that the little ones don’t take it as a chore, but as a thing they simply find natural.



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