It can be such a pain to convince your child to clean their room — and even when they do clean their room, they don’t always do a very good job. They must be taught how to properly clean! Here are a few tips for teaching your child how to tidy their spaces:
Lead by example
One of the best ways to teach children a new skill is to lead by example. Show them what it looks like to maintain a clean space! When you make a mess in the kitchen or living room, demonstrate how you tidy the space. If your child contributed to the mess, ask for their help in cleaning up and offer your guidance.
Designate time for tidying
Children thrive when there is routine and structure. If cleaning is expected of them at the same time every day, they understand that this is a non-negotiable. When they can expect to do something at a certain time every day, they are more likely to fulfill their responsibilities — and will do so without being asked to.
Everything has its place
When teaching your child how to clean their room, it is important to remind them that there is a place for everything. Shoving the mess into our closets or under our beds only creates a bigger mess and greater disorganization. Explain to your child that their toys belong in their toy box, their art supplies belong in their desk drawers, and their books belong on their bookshelf. When a child can identify where something belongs, they are more likely to return that item to its rightful place once they are done using it.
If you wish to encourage your child to keep up good behavior, positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to achieve this! Acknowledge your child’s hard work and efforts by affirming them (i.e. “You did such a great job cleaning your room! It makes me so happy when you keep your room clean). You may also consider offering your child their favorite snack or candy as a reward for obedience.
At The Kangaroo Forest, we encourage our students to clean up after themselves. After all, maintaining our classrooms requires teamwork! Requiring our students to help clean up teaches them self-responsibility and allows our teachers to maintain a safe, healthy learning environment. Interested in learning more about our programs? Contact us today!