Home Cleaning With The Kids

Home Cleaning With The Kids

Home Cleaning With The Kids

Growing up my father was extremely strict, you did as you were told with no questions asked and I guess maybe that’s why I’m so OCD with my cleaning as an adult. 

There are many people who think giving children chores is mean or cruel but I think  home cleaning with the kids is great, not only for building self-confidence but also discipline and work ethic and it is also teaching valuable life skills, remember that cute little 5 year old will be a 25 year old in next to no time, and mummy and daddy won’t be there for them when they are ready to leave the nest and go out into the big wide world on their own, which is why home cleaning with the kids is so important. 

When the kids help out and do a good job they can be rewarded for it, there are few types of rewards you can use for children to encourage them to help out with the cleaning.

Verbal praise

“well done you did a great job” this builds confidence in young children as they are always eager to please.

Stickers

Stickers are great for rewarding good behaviour and also can be used as a reward for doing chores  .

Pocket money

Giving them pocket money  not only gives them something to work for, it also teaches them that when they do a job they get paid for it , this will transfer into adulthood when they get a real job.

What chores can kids do?

Ok so now you have decided that home cleaning with the kids  is a good idea now you have to decide what chores your kids can do, this is a personal choice and will depend on the ability of the child whether they are responsible enough to do the chores listed below is up to you to decide. We recognise that some children may be more mature than others so you can add or remove chores based on your childs maturity.

4-6 year olds

1. Dusting and polishing 

2. Making their bed

3. Picking up toys and putting away

4. Sweeping the floor

6-8 year olds

1. Keep your room clean

2. Fold washing and put away

3. Help prepare food

4. Clear the table

5. Sweeping the floor

6. Dusting and polishing

 7. Making their bed

8. Picking up toys and putting away

8-10 year olds

1. Keep your room clean

2. Fold washing and put away

3. Help prepare food

4. Clear the table

5. Sweeping the floor

6. Dusting and polishing 

7. Making their bed

8. Picking up toys and putting away

9. Mopping the floors

10. Vacuuming

 11. Washing dishes

12. Emptying bins

13. Change bedding

14. Empty and load dishwasher

10+ year olds

1. Keep your room clean

2. Fold washing and put away

3. Help prepare food

4. Clear the table

5. Sweeping the floor

6. Dusting and polishing 

7. Making their bed

8. Picking up toys and putting away

9. Mopping the floors

10. Vacuuming 

11. Washing dishes

12. Emptying bins

13. Change bedding

14. Cleaning windows

15. Doing laundry

16. Ironing

17. Help in the garden

18. Put the bins out on bin day

19. Cleaning out the fridge

20. Clean the bathroom

21. Empty and load dishwasher

Remember to keep things consistent especially with little ones, don’t be too harsh if they don’t get it right the first time practice makes perfect! 

Always try to be positive with your feedback  rather than saying you did a rubbish job say things like that’s OK we will do better next time, or I’m proud of you for trying. kids can take feedback personally so choose your words carefully.

Kids will need to be taught how to do the chores listed above so walk them through what they need to do and how to do it, after all we didn’t just know how to do these things we were taught how to do them. 

When carrying out home cleaning with the kids it is advisable to avoid toxic cleaning products like bleach for instance as these can be damaging to your health   and can cause breathing problems later on in life.

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