Cleaning games: how to engage children in cleaning.

Guest Post by Sophia Evans

A few years ago, I used to take part in an annual campaign to clean up the environment from litter and similar sorts of waste. It was quite a large and positive event where big groups of people would get together weather they are neighbors who organized and got to work or institutions like schools, beaconing their staff and students to refresh their town. It had a lot of publicity and was advertised in hindsight of the day of the event.

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On a much smaller scale, a campaign, let us say, for a child to clean their room would certainly be adorable as well. Although no such campaigns and advertisements are on the radar, this child’s parent or guardian can set up their own domestic event. Basically they can just make a big deal out of it. A family holiday event which is celebrated once a week, where everyone clean up and at dinner, everyone is appreciated and congratulated for a job well done.

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Imagination is such an amazing part in one’s childhood. That imagination can be used as a tool to divert the kids’ view from something that they find dreadfully boring to a fantasy story with aliens and knights and robots. If Bob, the construction worker and Barbara, the race car driver do not get back on their shelf with King Knight, a dragon will swoop in and eat them.

Sometimes, some of them would ask if there is a reward. Okay, let’s see. What to award my child for cleaning their room? Me as a owner Tidy End of Tenancy Services know a thing or two about that. Love. Tell them that they will get a reward and it’s a surprise. That will motivate and excite them to go and do their chores. When they are ready, hug them, tell them that you are proud and appreciate how much they helped you. Show them love. (In addition to that you can give a tangible gift as well).

Chores bundle up, and it looks like there is no sight of it slowing down or stopping. Seems as if procrastination is a mountain of chores’ favorite snack. The diet can be easily changed though. If the kids keep putting off their responsibilities, Chore Mountain can start munching on their weekends and breaks from school. When they find out this horrid misfortune there is a high chance of them throwing a fit. So if they want their free time for themselves, they’d better take care of it while it is still a Chore Hill.

Do not complain that they are lazy. They are children. Nobody likes doing chores. It is definitely not in the top ten most fun activities in the world. The problem is not in them, it’s the adults who would constantly nag them to do something they themselves just see as an every day boring responsibility. Change your perspective, don’t look at the situation from a pessimistic angle. Understand that your child’s way of thinking is very innocent. Be smart, be an adult, be a parent. Sit down with them and have a conversation. Get them to understand that it’s important for everyone to make their contribution to the family.

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Get them to help you, or provide help, then gradually start letting them handle the chores themselves. After a few times of doing housework with them, start occupying yourself with other tasks and leave them to handle the rest. Little by little, they could adapt to this and fall into habit of naturally helping around the home. It is a very subtle way for them to grow up. Before you know it, they are going to start handling your share of the housework. Of course don’t leave their efforts unnoticeable.


Sophia is a owner of a small cleaning business, she has two small children and loves to share her experience via guest posting.

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