One of the most difficult things a parent faces is knowing how to get our child/children to clean up. It seems like there is always a fight starting as soon as you utter the words “Ok! Time to clean up!
All parents would love their children to learn how to keep their room clean, but it may be hard to know where to start, especially if you think your children are too young. Young children can easily learn how to pick up their toys on their own, with early training.
In my parenting journey I’ve learnt that it’s important to teach them and do it with them.
Each of the tips that I’m going to share with you are the exact things, I’ve practiced with my children, I hope it helps.
TIPS TO TEACHING CHILDREN TO TIDY UP
TIP 1:SET A GOOD EXAMPLE:This has to be the first step as children are more responsive to what we do than what we say.Do you keep the house in order?Do you keep your own stuff in order?what we do is what they see as normal.
TIP 2: STATE CLEARLY WHAT A TIDY HOUSE IS
1.Make your bed
2.Toys in the toy box
3.Cloths should be folded
4.Dishes I’m the sink or dishwasher
5.Dirty clothes in the laundry basket not on the floor.
TIP 3:EVERYTHING SHOULD HAVE A PLACE
A place for everything and everything in its place. It helps a lot if everything has a home.
It is important that you start the teaching by giving everything in their room a place that it belongs. I use boxes and baskets and drawers.Work together at labeling and deciding what goes where.
Once everything in its place, a child will be able to understand where something belongs and can be one step closer to keeping the house and their spaces clean. Half the battle for a child is not understanding where things should go and how to keep them organized without having it demonstrated for them.
TIP 4:KEEP THINGS BACK WHEN YOU ARE DONE
By having their toys organized, they can have only a set of toys out at one time and enjoy hours of play, but they know to pick them up when they are done before moving to dolls or games, thereby cleaning up after themselves.
TIP 5:TIDY UP WITH THEM
Once a week, go into your children’s room with them and do a five minute tidy up. Supervision doesn’t work anywhere near as well as active participation. Keep your expectations reasonable and show them how it’s done. As they master the skills and no longer need step-by-step encouragement, you can put on some music and boogie your way through the list. Or use room cleaning time as a time for conversation while you easily point out several things that haven’t made it to its assigned place throughout the week, or made its way under the bed or in the closet.
The next week might be time to monitor and supervise just to see that they are getting along.
TIP 6:INCLUDE IT IN THEIR MORNING ROUTINE
“As your morning goes, so does the rest of your day.”
We all know this quote, and it works with teaching your children to keep their room clean. We have a set routine for the morning, which includes: making their bed with my help not all the time though, not just throwing their dirty cloths around the laundry bin but putting it inside etc.
This starts the day with a clean room and will help them continue this focus through the day.
BONUS TIP :Cleaning up at intervals for example, I say before you have your dinner or before we go out we have to tidy up so we come back to a clean and organised home. please put everything in place and I can tell you it makes a world of difference when we do these little ups here and there.
Let me know if these tips helped you.
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