Have you heard this before?
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. – Phyllis Diller
Or how about this one?
Cleaning with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.
While entertaining (and a bit true), these quotes make cleaning with small children (or big ones) underfoot seem absolutely pointless. Does this mean that you are relegated to a messy house until your kids leave for college? Absolutely not! Your house may not be perfect 100% of the time, but following these 7 tips will help you keep your sanity as you attempt to keep a tidy home that is still filled with children.
We know that our kids would rather do anything other than their chores. Hey, we as adults usually feel the same way! You’d think they would have made the definition of chores more uplifting and positive, instead of “an unpleasant, but necessary task.” Instead of, or at least in addition to forcing these unpleasant tasks upon our kids, let’s try to add a little bit of fun and motivation into the mix. Not only for their sake, but also for ours.
As parents one of the things we want to teach our children is responsibility. But how can we do this? Well, doing chores is a start! Kids, just like adults, want to feel needed and to feel like they’ve made a contribution to the family and chores can help in this arena. But, you might be wondering what are some things your kids can help out with around the house. And what age is appropriate for them to start chores? Read on for some chores your kids can start as young as 3 –with help! — and continue to do as they get older.