Getting Your Kids to Clean Up

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Children are good at making messes and bad in cleaning them up. They live for one moment to the other. As soon as they are tired of one activity, they will run off to the next one. While you might find the chaos left by your daughter troubling, you will find her not bothered at all. After all, why should she waste time cleaning up where there is another game to be played? -After all mum will do it! However, there are some rules that you can use to make your kids responsible for their messes.

Set a good example. This should be the first step. Kids tend to be more sensitive and responsive to the things we do rather than what we say. If you take pride in a neat home, keep your things in order. Adapt a positive attitude towards keeping the house smart. When you start keeping your house tidy, they will begin seeing this as normal and will adapt to the behavior.

Allow your kids to have their private places. It may be a whole room, a shelf or a corner. When kids have their own space, they will want to take responsibility of it Let them have control over how the space looks and where things are kept.

Make it clear to your children what it means to keep a clean space. Let the children have a checklist of things to do such as making the bed, putting laundry in hamper, hanging up clothes, putting toys away, vacuuming the floor and anything else that you find essential. It pays to have a space where the kids can store the items. Therefore, provide kids with boxes and bins. Label and decide where everything goes.

Initially you can carry out chores together. Armchair supervision doesn’t work as well as when you show how it should be done. Keep your expectations reasonable and show them how it should be done. When you follow these tips, it will be possible to raise some responsible youngsters.

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