Getting our children involved at home by cleaning their room can help develop their independence while unloading some work from ourselves.
Whether your kid is a teenager or a toddler, all ages can learn to become more organized and cleaner, especially regarding personal space.
How can we help our children become more independent and organized? We will show you right below the keys you need to start this process:
Lead by example.
Kids learn by example, so when we show them how things are done, it will be easier for them to perform those tasks. You can start by showing them how to make their own bed one day and the next day, ask them to join you until they can do it by themselves.
For older children, you can show them how you make your bed and ask them to do the same with their own bed.
Begin with a few simple tasks.
When you ask a child to perform several complex assignments, it can be overwhelming. Start with easy tasks like making their bed, putting away dirty clothes in the laundry basket, or even storing their already folded clothes in their drawers.
Note: Continue to add tasks once you notice they have mastered their previous ones.
Schedule a time for each chore.
To promote independence and avoid constant reminders, you can make a chart with each specific chore that needs to be done throughout the day.
Tip: If your child cannot read yet, you can make drawings they can understand.
Teach your child the importance of cleanliness.
You may start by telling your child that tidying can help them have more space to play or do other activities.
For example, once they have finished picking up their toys, you can say, “Wow! Look at all this space! I didn’t know your room was so big. Don’t you feel better now that your room it’s clean?”
Replace punishments with consequences.
If your child does not want to complete a chore, try to show the consequences of not completing their tasks instead of punishing them.
For example, if you are planning on going to the park and your child hasn’t picked up, you could say, “When you put away your toys, we will go to the park. We’ll be tired after getting back from the park, and it will be more difficult.”
Recognize their hard work.
It is important to let your child know they have done a well-done job even when it is not perfectly done as one would like. Remember that they are learning how to create habits.
Don’t worry if the bed isn’t made properly; your child will get better with time.
The hardest thing to do when it comes to creating habits is to be consistent, but once your goals are made, the rewards are worth it.
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