How to motivate kids to help with spring cleaning
(NC)—Spring is in the air, and it's time for some seasonal rejuvenation. This month, bring a fresh vibe into your home by recruiting the help of your children. Whether they're chasing dust bunnies or gathering toys strewn around the house, there are many ways to keep your children occupied and entertained so they won't stray from their tasks.
Challenge each other
A bit of competition can make housework more fun. How about your very own 'Spring Cleaning Olympics' with medals and treats for everyone at the end? The first one to strip their bed and put the sheets into the laundry hamper can choose an afternoon snack for the entire family. Or, the first one to complete their list can make the selection for movie night. Get creative and let the games begin.
Dance your way to a clean house
Challenge your family to complete a task within the length of their favourite song. Let your children select their own music—they'll feel more energized and motivated. You can practice your dance moves to your own favourite tunes.
Make spring cleaning a life lesson
Have your children gather clothes they have outgrown, along with books and toys they no longer want and take them to a local shelter or donate them to charity. This is a valuable way to help families in need, and it's also an environmentally-friendly way to get rid of unwanted items. You can also hold a garage sale and donate a portion of the proceeds to a non-profit organization. The Christian Children's Fund of Canada (www.ccfcanada.ca), for example, works to improve the lives of children in some of the poorest communities around the world.
When you children realize that their contribution is appreciated and rewarded by a good result that benefits everyone, they'll enjoy helping around the house more often. A completed task and a shiny, clean spot are a cause for celebration, so treat your kids to their favourite dinner and some DVD time.
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