Parents of multiple children will understand the concept of sibling rivalry when it comes to chores. Perhaps your kids are arguing over their younger sister being able to do less of a chore while they are stuck shovelling the pet mess on the front yard. Other times your younger kids are upset that they can’t do the big kid chores and so on and so forth. Sibling rivalry is a given when it comes to raising more than one child and yes, it often occurs over chores. Kids don’t think they are all that fun (How is that possible?), they feel you’re definitely not being fair, and want to do precisely that “easy and super-fun” chore that you so unfairly assigned to their sibling – again!
Spring is almost here! And it is supposed to be a season to get rid of all the clutter you gathered during the winter and get prepared for the new year in a fresh and clean house. Even if you don’t spring clean traditionally, it’s nice to go over everything to see if you’ve missed anything during the year. And it’s always great to have some help. Follow these next steps to clean your entire house easily and fast, with the help of your kids. We gathered some essential steps for each of the rooms in the house and each room has a paragraph with kid friendly tasks written in italics. Let’s get this spring cleaning party started!
At our home we usually like to say: “messy house, happy kids” but sadly a little mess can easily turn into a gigantic issue.
Even though the kids’ room is made for playing or/and studying it should be organized in order for them to better focus or simply enjoy their free time. So every year we do a really thorough cleaning of the kids room, to complement the weekly cleaning. And we try to do it efficiently and fast. And we usually start a bit before the Spring cleaning season, to get the clutter out of the way as soon as possible. With new toys coming in during the holidays, the kids room can have more that they can handle in January.
Do your kids help around the house? I’ve heard that some kids take on chores voluntarily (if that is your case, please share your secrets!), but many parents feel that children are either too busy for chores or maybe too sloppy to do them properly. Some parents just don’t feel it is worth the effort because assigning chores to kids often leads to family conflicts. So why should you insist on chores for everyone?
Let’s start with a confession: I don’t really believe in Spring cleaning. I believe our home should be relatively clean all the time and that with proper rotation of housework through the year we don’t need to take a week off to scrub our walls.