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Back To School Cleaning Habits

by Emma Lord, Aug 2017

The end is near parents – what feels like the longest 6 weeks of your life is almost over! And what better time to start a good routine with your kids than now!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve endured the summer holidays and taken every day as it comes, hoping there is enough coffee and the sunshine actually comes out so they can ruin your garden instead of your living room! Your washing up basket is always full, your ironing pile almost touches the ceiling and you’ve probably only shown the bathrooms a cloth once or twice! Fear not, the ends is coming and you have got this!

This week, I’ve been thinking about how I can not only teach my little one some great habits, but also how can I get a bit of help around the house. Something I’ve learnt is that kids are inquisitive and love to help their parents because they feel grown up, but let’s face it, they especially love a reward at the end. Now, I’m not recommending child labour here, nor am I saying you should give the mini-you in your life a bottle of bleach and a cloth to quite literally run wild! What I am suggesting is that maybe it’ll be a bigger help than you realise if the toys are put away after they’ve been played with, or their dirty washing isn’t left all over the floor and landing for you to pick up.

After some thought and a bit of googling, I decided to create a “Chore Jar”. The usual sticker chart in our household wouldn’t simply not suffice! I used an old jam jar and found some colourful sticks from a local craft store. On each stick, write a “chore” that you’d like your child to complete. Once a chore has been completed, they can tick it off their chart and off they go onto the next.

For a bit of sibling rivalry, you can suggest that your children can complete as many or as little chores as they’d like. BUT…there is a race to the end of the week to see who can complete the most and receive a prize.

Here are just a few examples of what you could put in the jar:

  • Make your bed
  • Put your dirty laundry in the basket
  • Tidy all toys away
  • Straighten the books on the bookshelf
  • Put dishes in the dishwasher
  • Hang your clean clothes up
  • Straighten up the garden after playing

The list could go on! If your children are a little older, you can even venture into the realms of hoovering and mopping.

Personally, I think its a great idea, we’d love to hear your thoughts if you try this!