Children love to make a mess, but cleaning? Usually not so much, and too often, the cleaning falls on us, on average parent has to pick up after their kid 28 times a week — while half of parents do their kids chores for them to ensure they’re done right. This can be very frustrating but we have to remember we were all here and we have to start somewhere. They just wake up one day and know they need to clean nor how to keep tidy.
Between 24 and 36 months of age, your child develops the ability to handle many behavioral responsibilities. This is the time to start assisting your kiddo cleaning task and giving them things to do everyday. After establishing the ground work of cleaning that foundation will help you to get your mini to clean in the future. Make chore completion fun and be sure to help out, modeling the good behavior yourself. They want to be just like you so take full advantage of this and be the cleaning badass you want them to be!
Here are some typical toddler behavior:
1.They just can't clean: We put too much of adult expectations on our little ones. They don't understand the meaning of cleaning and they sometimes don't get that things have their place. They can help you clean but don't use the cleaning as a punishment because then they really won't want to do it. Instead find fun ways they can do things with you or even on their own. Make them your little cleaning buddy.
2. It may actually to big of a mess: Sometimes the mess is bigger than you little can handle. When you kid gets overwhelmed with mess they tend to shut down completely and this can be more of a battle than you intended. What I like to do is only allow Bastian a small amount of toys to play with or own. This decreases the amount they need to clean and for you to worry about. Then also takes less time as well because the clock is ticking with it comes to your mini. Their patience is thinner than yours believe me when I say it!
3. More of a follower than a leader: It's easy to tell them to go clean their room the hard part is standing there watching them clean slowly or not at all. It's much better if you clean with them and show them how fun it is. They love to follow the leader and you have to lead on this one. I know it's a pain to clean something you haven't done but you also want to not live in filth. They let's be honest could care less. They would love to wake up and everything is how they left it. If they minded how dirty their space was they wouldn't for thrown all their toys around.
It's all a matter a time and view this struggle as training them to be tidy adults and not living life they were raised in a dumpster. What are some of the challenges you've had to deal with to keep a clean home! Comment Below 👇🏾
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