Besides using easy cleaning products, getting kids to help you clean can be tough. I am going to share with you 5 ways to get younger kids to help out and also some savings on your favorite products from Walmart like Clorox Cleaning Spray and Viva Paper Towels!
Kids have found ways to master the art of destroying the house with very little assistance, but getting them to help with chores with the same amount of assistance is nearly impossible. Let’s face it; we all want to play, but we don’t always want to work. Kids are just little people, so we have to get creative with our parenting. Here are 5 persuasive ways to get your younger kids to help with chores.
Dessert is seriously my middle child’s favorite part of a meal and she is good at making a mess. If there is icing involved, it’s even worse! While kids enjoy a good messy time, they need to also understand that they need to help clean it up.
First we enjoy the cake…..
and then we clean it up with easy to use products even for little hands.
Here are a few tips to help get your kids involved with the cleaning process:
Don’t be Stingy with Rewards
Not only do kids have short attention spans, but they need motivation when it comes to helping around the house. Reward your kids with stickers, toys, or activities for helping with chores. Immediate rewards tend to work better than making them wait.
Get Them Excited
If you act like cleaning the house up is a chore, your kids will take on the same quality. Get excited about doing chores and make it a fun affair. Younger kids are easy to get excited. Say something like, “We are going to have fun cleaning up the house with these awesome magic erasers.”
Make Chores a Game
Chores don’t have to be a hassle. Instead, make them a game. The first person to get all their toys picked up wins, or the first person to get their room clean wins a movie. Make laundry gathering a basketball game in which you practice your shooting. The more you can make it a fun game, the easier it will be to get your kids to help.
Start Chores Early
The sooner you start teaching your kids to clean up after themselves, the easier it will be. It is never too early to teach responsibility. Even a 1-year old can pick up toys and put them in the toy box. Give age-appropriate chores and teach your kids to help out, so it’s a habit as they get into the teen years.
Use Chore Charts
Young kids don’t always know what they need to do. I like to create picture charts of chores that need to be done every day. Pick up toys, put laundry in the hamper, and dust the house are all great things little ones can do. Making it into a visual routine helps persuade your kids to help with chores.
My kids love to help out cleaning especially my middle child! We went to our local Walmart and got some Viva Paper Towels and some Clorox Cleaning Spray so that we could tackle their messes that they make in the kitchen.
• Viva Big Rolls: 40% more Viva per roll*
*Towel area compared to Viva® Regular Roll; Current practice is use of “33% More”
• Clorox: 99.9% germ killing strength; It’s specially designed to clean and disinfect a variety of stains on a variety of surfaces. And with Smart Tube Technology®, you can spray every last drop. Bad news for germs, good news for family relations.
We picked up the products in store, but you can save even more by making your order ahead of time online with grocery pickup! See if this is available in your area to save time as well as money.
If you have the Ibotta App you know how amazing it can be with saving money. Right now there are coupons to help you save on both Clorox and Viva! Make sure that you get both of these coupons and get to cleaning.
The art of persuasion doesn’t have to be complicated; just creative. What other ways do you persuade your kids to help with chores? Share in the comments below!