3 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Cleaning Up Their Room
Keeping a Tidy and Clean Room is Important!
If you wake up one morning and walk downstairs to realize that your house has transformed into a Toy Museum, then you have officially contracted “Too Many Toys Syndrome”. Somehow, some way, the multitude of superhero action figures, and the new Batman Lego sets have made their way out from the toy bin and into your lovely undisturbed living room.
Oh, but the battle has just begun! We must invite Barbie and her pretty pink convertible to the party, but a girl like Barbie doesn’t travel light. She needs about ten outfits or so and shoes, five different hairbands, oh and let’s throw in a few tiny purses while we are at it.
So now that your living area has lost its luxurious, comfortable appeal and has been taking over by the notorious toy plague, it is time to take back what is yours, and at the same time maybe teach a fine lesson of responsibility when it comes to tidying up their messes and keeping a clean room. So, the big question becomes; how do you get your kids to cooperate and enjoy the wondrous joys of picking up their toys? Well, if they are anything like my kids they love “Mini Missions” as we like to call it. Once they hear those words, they perk right up and stand up tall like little soldiers awaiting their orders.
Create a Mission Board
Each Mission Board should be unique to each child. You could use a picture of them to make it more personalized. You could even have them write their name at the top of their board so they feel more involved in the process. According to your child’s individual goals you can set their mission to what you are trying to have them accomplish. Once they have completed their first mission (whatever it may have been), they can move a “Star” to that mission to mark it done. Once they have received 5 Stars for the week they can receive a reward of their choice. Sounds fun right!
So, use this opportunity to get creative and make those Mission Boards. ��
Nothing spells team work then a good old’ fashioned Relay Tag Race. I know how it sounds, (maybe a little unconventional) but trust me, team work makes the dream work. This can be a fun and creative way to get your kids to work together and use team building skills that could help them later in life. To put this practice to work set tagging points, one child at the end of the toy mess and the other at the toy bin. The First child picks up one or two toys (depending on how silly they want to be) and hands it off to their sibling who is waiting to put it away where it belongs. This should not only get them to clean up, but has them entertained at the same time. Which is always a bonus ��
Building check list’s for your children is a great way to help them stay organized and accountable for their chores and responsibilities. It can also help them visually see what they need to do and will help them stay on track each day. It will help them stay focused and be better prepared for when school work starts to roll around.
Once they have completed their check lists, they can get can receive a reward of your choice. Getting your kids to clean up their toys, [check] Mom for The Win. ShowerMan would like to add that keeping a clean room and tidying up after yourself is very important and helps Mom and Dad around the house.Being Healthy and Clean is not just about keeping a healthy mouth, and clean hands away from Dirt and Germs. Staying Healthy and Clean also means to pick up after yourself after play time, or throwing away your waste in the trash. This will help keep Mother Nature and the Earth happy and healthy too. You don’t want Master Mold to pay you a visit, he’s radioactive ya know!
We’re Healthy, We’re Clean, We are a Grime Fighting Team!