29 Jul 2011

Child psychologist offers parents tips to get their kids to clean

While certain customs and traditions between American and Canadian kids differ, both seem to have one particular trait in common: hating to clean.

To help parents get their kids to do their chores, cleaning product manufacturer Jelmar recently interviewed child psychologist Michele Borba who offered some tips.

For instance, one suggestion Borba recommends is turning cleaning into a competition.

"Assign a room, hand out cleaning supplies, set a buzzer for five minutes and then dash to your designated area to clean things 'spick and span' before the time goes," said Borba. "Kids love to try and 'beat the clock' and you'll have the house back in order in minutes."

Borba also says children should be taught at a young age that cleaning up after themselves is expected. The younger a child is, the easier it will be to get them to clean as they grow older, Borba says.

Finally if parents have more than one child, Borba says they should be assigned chores according to their abilities.

Something that may make cleaning a less rigorous task is buying portable storage containers. Toys may be an appropriate occupant of these bins, as they can be taken out and put away easily. 

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