Parents, save yourself a lot of time, teach your older kids to help their siblin
June 12, 2010 8:38pm CST
Just not enough space to put it all :( Anyhow, we all know that our kids leave their rooms a mess, or at least most of them do, some of us have the occasional tidy child who likes to keep his/her room clean. So, here's how to do it. With your help tell your older child to take his or her sibling with them to their room while they clean it, but they have to clean, when they are finished tell them to find you, and ask you to come inspect it. When you do, lavishly praise the child for cleaning his room in front of the younger sibling who has watched, and hopefully helped his older sibling. You may also want to offer some sort of incentive rather this be a few dollars or an ice cream sundae. Now have the older sibling announce to the younger that it's time to clean the younger siblings room. There should be little argumenting since the younger child has seen the praise and hopefully the incentive, and another plus is the order isn't coming from YOU! The older sibling should help if needed and if wanted play a racing game of seeing who can pick up the most things or who can make the bed more straight. Also, a little music is good to pick up the pace. My step son helped me out a whole lot with this, since we was 9 years older than his oldest younger sibling (if that makes any sense). But, of course, he always had good incentive to help and the car with the main one in his eyes.
• United States
13 Jun 10
I really try. Anything to keep me from having to do all the work, and the kids all seemed to get along better if they were helping one another, or active. Boredom was always the thing that made them antsy and fight with one another.
• United States
21 Jun 10
That sounds like such a wonderfully great idea. If only I would be able to make it work like that at my house. My oldest, my daughter is the one that is the worst about getting things picked up. With my son, I can ask him to pick things up and he doesn't have a problem with it at all. However, my daughter can't even be bribed to help pick up her room or anything else in the house for that matter. She is absolutely terrible about it.
14 Jun 10
That was the way my mother taught me, and that is the way I have been teaching mt offspring. I do admt though not every child likes the idea of helping the younger siblings. I believe it has a lot to do with family and cultural issues. Back to the discussion. Making the children to help or assist their younger siblings can increase their viewpoint on family responsibilities. They become mentally and emotionally stronger. The other children learn not to depend on parents, thus making them more independent. In symmary the older children do make ease the burden of raising children.