Kids aren’t adults! They have a different kind of logic and temperament. That doesn’t mean that they can’t be trained to clean or organize. Much like adults, it’s all in the delivery and approach. Here are some tips to help get them started:
Start with a chore list or chart. This can work for multiple kids and singletons.
- This is great for households with more than one kid
- Rotate the chores every once on a while`
- Make sure the chores fit the child’s age.
- You can even enlist the kids help in picking which chore they would rather do.
- Another way is putting chores on pieces of paper and put the papers in a box/basket/bowl and have them pull out of it.
- If it’s an only child, rotate the chores every couple of weeks for them.
If you can let the kids pick what chore they like, they will want to do it and will do it beautifully.
Show them how you would like to see the chore done. As they get older, if they tell you they have a different way of doing it, let them and if the end result is the same, allow them the freedom!
Play music that they like may work too.
I think It’s okay to make a game out of it. Especially in the beginning. Offering a prize can work. AN extra hour of TV or video games. Ice cream this weekend.
Make sure you praise them after each completed chore.
Be patient and stay loving and encouraging.