How to get your kids involved in cleaning

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Chores are an important part of teaching children about responsibility. By encouraging kids to be accountable for completing everyday chores, even at an early age, you might be surprised at their willingness to share in the household duties.

As children grow older, their abilities change and their responsibilities should adjust accordingly. (COURTESY OF GETTY IMAGES)

As children grow older, their abilities change and their responsibilities should adjust accordingly.
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Here are some tips on how to get the kids involved in creating a happy, healthy and clean home.

Stick to a routine
Consistency is a key component in motivating children to follow through with chores.

Make sure to stay on schedule so your kids don’t get into the habit of procrastinating until the following week.

Keep expectations reasonable
Go in knowing that your kids aren’t going to clean in the same way you would. Be sure to encourage them along the way for their efforts and resist the urge to criticize or redo the chores they’ve completed.

Request specific actions
Make sure you give them clear and specific tasks to complete. For example, rather than telling your kids to put their clothes away, ask them to fold their clothes and put them in the dresser drawers or hang them in the closet.

140724_dt_parenting01bUse family-friendly cleaners
Fight everyday household messes with a cleaner that’s safer for your family and paper towels that are better for the environment, like Ology All-Purpose Cleaner and 100 percent tree-free paper towels. The cleaner’s plant-based formula is free of harsh solvents, dyes, ammonia and artificial fragrances.

Even if your child is too young to clean the countertops themselves, you can feel good about using these cleaners that contain no harmful chemicals when you children are close by.

Use a reward chart
For kids, especially the younger ones, a visual reward chart is a great motivational tool and helps children to feel a sense of accomplishment. Purchase a set of gold stars or fun stickers, and allow them to mark off each chore on the chart once finished.

After a certain number of chores are completed, offer a small reward for their hard work, such as a movie of their choosing or a special dessert.

Give ample praise
Even more important than material rewards, is the satisfaction of a job well done. Make sure to give lots of encouragement along the way as well as positive feedback once the chore is complete.

Chores by age group
As children grow older, their abilities change and their responsibilities should adjust accordingly. Here are some examples of chores that are appropriate for each age group.

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