It is that time of the week again, when you are starting your cleaning chores and your attention is divided between preparations and trying to convince your children to clean their room. Often that leads to conflict and raised voices, which is never an ideal situation to find yourself in.
This problem needs to be resolved, since constantly arguing with your children and trying to make them clean their room is obviously not the way to go. Cleaning is very important for every home, otherwise the place will become a mess. But in order to make your children believe this too, you need to have a different approach. If you are lost in trying to figure how to make this happen, here are few tips that can help you:
- Implement regular cleaning routines – to ensure at least some stability in your home, you can establish regular routines that your whole family can stick to. By doing this you give your children time to prepare and deal with the chores in time. For example, if Saturdays are reserved for home cleaning or window cleaning, your children will not protest as much when that time finally comes and they will get down to business. The weekend is usually the preferred time for such tasks, since most of your family is present. When you think of routines, you have to allow some flexibility – your children might be feeling sick or they might have more important stuff to do (such as studying).
- Change their perspective – if you have to be fair, you probably don’t like cleaning that much. You are doing it because you must and because it has a number of benefits, such as sanitizing and ensuring the environment in your home is clean and refreshed. But if there is one thing that you should understand, it is that domestic cleaning can be in fact fun. All you have to do is play some music, work against a timer or attempt new and interesting way of doing the work. If you can transfer this to your children, they will develop a more acceptable attitude and protest less when it comes to cleaning service.
- Define your requirements – What do you mean when you say ‘clean your room’? Do you mean take out the trash, make the bed, declutter, take care of dust, put clothes for washing or a combination of these tasks? Be more specific about what you expect from your children and they will be more willing to oblige.
- Be the good example – normally children pay more attention to actions, rather than words. That said, it is quite improbable for your children to clean just because you tell them to and that it is needed. Rather, you have to show them how to do it and that it makes you feel good. Show them how good you feel about your home after a proper cleaning session and maybe you will see them participate more often in the same.
- Offer help – home cleaning is a tough job, no doubt about it. You have certainly met many difficulties so you cannot possibly expect it will be easy for your children. Offer assistance when they feel overwhelmed and you will have their thanks.
Show a good parenting example by adopting these methods for motivating your children to clean. Having the right approach goes a long way in ensuring that work is done without protests.