Isn’t this just a million dollar question!! How to get your kids to clean up after themselves without any fuss or noise? Not so, if you teach them at the right age.
But then again, it’s never too late to start. Yes, it is tiring and trying. But in the end, it is all worth it.
I totally hate to have a messy house. Don’t get me wrong. With three kids of varying ages, my home is never what you would see in the pinterest perfect images.
By having a clean home, I mean that all the things are in it’s proper places and there are no dirty dishes at the end of the day in my sink. That’s all that I care about.
My little one, R, is the most messiest of all. Though at that age my elder two would reasonable clean up after themselves, R is an altogether different story.
Doing the most basic things look like a big task to her. Basic in the sense, she feels it a very big deal to even put her plate in the sink. Pampered much!! I guess, being the youngest, everyone indulges her.
At times, it does get on my nerves. What worked for my elder two, totally falls flat with her. Having a chore chart with stars and reward are totally wasted on her. I was always super charged up trying to get her to clean up after herself.
But over the years I have found out what exactly she likes and how exactly to get her to tidy up. Being a kindergartner, she has her own way of amusing things to do.
1.Let them help with you
Yes, she loves to help in her own way. Sometimes, things beyond her age. She would start mopping the kitchen, or do the dishes and I would simply shoo her away. Over a period of time, I have realized that she loves being next to me. And in that process she takes up whatever chore is right next to me. If I am cooking, she would like to help out in the kitchen.
So these days, instead of shooing her away, I let her help me in whatever way she prefers. I ask her to help with stuff that I would be doing with her.
Racing to do the chores while you are counting is a sure fix to get your kids to pick up after themselves. I close my eyes and count long, deep numbers while she races to put away all her toys and school supplies in place. The work is done faster than you would expect.
3. Help them
Helping your little one to clean up after themselves will not only get your home tidy but also will help you bond better with your kid. So it is hitting two nails with one stone.
4. Make a routine
If you are inconsistent with getting your kids to clean up, they will eventually never learn. It is always a good idea to always have a routine and stick to it till they learn to do it themselves. Doing it for a couple of days and then again letting it go will never get the child accustomed to the chore. Be consistent and be considerate.
If you would like to have a good morning routine yourself, please check the post Morning Routine of a Work At Home Mom.
5. Break down the tasks
Your little one will be overwhelmed if there are too many tasks to complete. Help them break down the tasks by suggesting them what to do when. For example, you can start with, “Come, let Mommy help you fold blankets before you brush your teeth”. Do not simply give orders one after the other. It will never work with your little one.
So these are my five tips for getting your kid clean up after themselves.
If you use any other method to get your kid to clean up after themselves, please let me know through comments below.
Until Next Time,