How Do You Encourage Your Kids To Clean Their Rooms??

@djdeep81 (1061)
April 7, 2007 9:12am CST
I'm not a parent yet but the time will come when i will have to tell my kids to clean their room. Can you give me some tips on how to persuade them to clean their rooms? Thanks.
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@fatragu (349)
• United States
8 Apr 07
I have my 2 yr old help me clean the house. We clean her room about 1 time a week but she helps me clean the rest of the house. And she is the one who is usually in charge of cleaning the living room and hallway because it is usually her stuff in the living room. She cleans the hallway because the part that she cleans is about 2 feet long in front of her room and if she is asleep when I am cleaning the living room then I just toss her stuff in the hallway and then she picks it up. I don't have to bribe her or anything either.
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@musicman6 (2368)
• United States
15 May 07
Yes, I agree with fatragu, starting them early, lets them know that chores are just a part of what life is about! When they feel they are doing something important, they feel good about themselves!
@nicole6 (43)
• Philippines
7 Apr 07
by letting them first participate in the cleaning process, that's whta i do to my daughetr everytime she wakes up, i tell to make up her bed, we do it together and i explain to her why she have to do it.You just have to explain and talk to them i gues.. because it works for me.
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@musicman6 (2368)
• United States
15 May 07
dj, this is very good advice here that Nicole has! The important parts being ;participating in the cleaning process;doing it together; and explaining to her why it must be done! And I'd like to add, make them feel proud of themselves for accomplishing this chore! I have a lot of experience in raising kids, and I worked at a fostercare/halfwayhouse for youngsters! I raised 7 children of my own, and 2 stepkids! One thing to always remember, never let them control you, always maintain control of them!
@4cuteboys (4103)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Hi, well if you saw my kids rooms, you wouldn't want my advice, but here I go. First alot of people won't agree with this, but bribery! I will usually give them a dollar or two each if they do a really good job without much fuss. I consider it more of an allowance than actually a bribe though. Also, they are good about it if they know someone like grandma is coming over. The oldest are 7.5 and 5 and they try hard but I think at those ages it's still hard for them, because they forget stuff, and think it looks really good when it really doesn't. But once I see they did their best effort, I let it go. I would say though, encouraging them, and starting at a young age be the example! Make sure YOUR room is clean and they see you cleaning so they realize it's more of a necessity, rather than an option!
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@djdeep81 (1061)
7 Apr 07
Thank you.
@prestocaro (1254)
• United States
7 Apr 07
You could do star chart when they are very little. Make a big poster with images of the bedroom heading columns. For instance, a picture of a neatly made bed heads one column; another column is topped by a picture of many toys in a toychest. Each day, you check to see if your child has accomplished these tasks without being asked and if s/he has, they get a star sticker in that column for the day. Then after they have collected enough stars, they get a reward. You can make the reward however big or small and specific to your kids. I've seen parents use ice cream sundaes, trips to chuck e cheese, shoes the kid wants, etc. You can also get very creative and use other things to represent a job well done. Kids could put coins into a clear tube and when the tube is filled, then they get a reward. Or a feltboard with flowers or animals that must full a certain space or go past a line or something. You can also use this technique for teaching manners and ettiquite. Positive reinforcement (that is, reinforcement that encourages a behavior) is much more effective than negative reinforcement (that is, reinforcement that discourages a behavior) and it's also more fun. That way you don't feel as though you are constantly telling your kids what NOT to do.
@syadeq (17)
• Malaysia
11 Aug 08
actually children like to copy cat what there parent were doing. By always be a good role model for our children also can make them be a responsible person. actually my parent always make a competition within my brother and sister on which room is clean , tidy and organize...he he...at that time, i always wins he he... =)
@hexu640 (139)
• China
16 May 07
I'm not a parent yet,too.But when my children clean their room,i don't give their any tip.I tell them labour is glorious.Their room must clean oneself. Let us have labour consciousness