Does your child’s bedroom look bad after they have played an afternoon? In this article, we teach you how to teach your children to clean up, nice and easy and it saves you a lot of cleaning up.
1. Set a good example
If you often leave junk behind yourself, do not expect your children to clean everything up. Children mainly learn things through the copying behavior of their parents. So always clean up everything when you are done with something, this way you teach the child the best way.
2. Familiarize your children with clean up from an early age
A child can only really clean up if they know what belongs where. Depending on the age, you can teach your child to put the cubes back in the box and to put the Barbie dolls back in the Barbie house. The earlier you start with this, the more normal your child feels that cleaning up is part of it.
3. Don’t be too perfectionist towards your children
Are you always brushing in your house and not dropping a crumb on the floor? Do not apply this form of perfectionism too much to your children. When they are playing nice, making a mess is part of it. Of course, when your child is done playing, you can learn how best to clean up the mess.
4. Make clear agreements
Announce in advance if you want to clean up their room with your child. Do this fifteen minutes in advance and agree who does what. This way your child will know that they can play for another 15 minutes, which will be very productive for cleaning up. It can be very disturbing and unproductive for a child if they have to clean up immediately, without this having been announced first.
5. Understand their behavior
If you understand why a child makes a mess, you are less likely to get angry. Children are very busy with the moment and are not at all concerned with what needs to be done later (how mindful can you be?). We can certainly learn from this as adults.
6. Don’t approach angry – keep approaching positively
Children listen and learn better and faster in a positive environment. If the atmosphere is relaxed and pleasant for a child, they will clean up their toys faster. So it does not make much sense to give punishment, it is better to approach the positive and eventually compliment them when everything is cleared up.