Chores aren’t fun, especially as an adult. We are sick of doing dishes; vacuuming seems pointless with children, and why are we even trying to keep their bedroom clean? It doesn’t have to be so bad; you can introduce your child to chores and save yourself some time and energy. And no, I am not saying that you should make your child do all do these things, but there are many things that they can do that would help you out quite a bit each day.
In the morning have your child make their bed and pick up any dirty clothes to go in the hamper. These
are simple things that children of almost all ages can do. Doing this will also get your day off on the right note, and you won’t have to come back through after breakfast to do it yourself. (Just remember, if they make their own bed at a young age, as long as they did it, it counts. It might not look the best, but you are teaching them responsibility, and that’s what matters.)
In the afternoon, you can have them help do things like load the dishwasher, wipe down the table after
lunch, and even things like sweeping and dusting. Many children find that it’s fun to help mom and dad with these things, and they are happy to participate. Handing your child cups and small plates to put in the dishwasher, letting them sweep the floor, and allowing them to dust areas that they can reach won’t hurt them and will enable them to gain respect for cleaning up. Which in turn makes them more willing in the future when you ask them to do larger tasks.
We recently got a Shark Rotator and it is the best vacuum I’ve ever owned. A friend told me about how much she loves her Shark and then they sent me the Rotator to test out. It lifts off the base and you can transform it into a canister pull along that is easy for kids to use. So now my oldest can help vacuum the house. We have a lot of little girl and dog hair around our house and this Shark Rotator has a tool to get every bit of it. It’s better than anything on the market; the suction is stronger than a Dyson! I love all the attachments it comes with. There is a long arm to reach hard to reach places without a chair or ladder. There is also a hardwood floor attachment, stair attachment and several smaller ones. It’s the last vacuum you’ll ever buy, I promise you that.
You should always have a night time ritual; it helps keep the order. Before bedtime have your kids clean up all of the toys that they played with that day, and have them help clean up any messes that might have been made. If you have a movie night with popcorn, it is likely that some ended up on the floor, have them help pick it up. Having a ritual that you do daily before bed, ‘re-setting’ your home in a sense, will keep everyone on track for a cleaner house the next day.