Cleaning. Most believe that it’s a boring, tedious job, but it just has to be done. Yes, some people say that cleaning actually relieves stress and helps you relax, but others say cleaning just gives them a headache. Not all of us have the budget to get maid service or even a bi-weekly professional cleaning team to come in and do the job while we relax or tend to the long list of other things we need to get done. So, what’s the solution to get cleaning done quicker? Have your children help you clean! (Obviously, this doesn’t apply to those without children).

There are many ways your children can help you clean, and it will get them in the habit of knowing that cleaning is essential to life. Living in a dirty house isn’t the way to live. A clean home is a happy home. You’ve heard it many times before because it’s true! The only problem: getting your children to help you clean and do so in an efficient manner.

First of all, you have to have a designated day to do weekly cleaning for at least a couple of hours (Sunday usually works best). Once your children can get into this routine of cleaning, it will become just part of the week, like school and play time. Cleaning will build good characteristics in your children and also provide for more bonding time.

Here are some suggestions on how to encourage your children to help you do the chores around the house:

  • Act happy while cleaning, don’t make it seem like a chore.

  • Ask for their help for short periods of time, and do not make them do chores for more than half an hour.

  • Give them a payoff for doing the chores, like small treats, extra TV time, allowance, etc.

  • Turn it into a game

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