Teaching Children To Clean

   By:  Cathy Green

 I’ll never forget an experience I once had when I went to complete an in home estimate in a home.

The fact that the home had stacks and stacks of out-of-date telephone books all over the place was one issue. The dirt all over the walls was another issue. The clutter was blinding. But what really gave me chills was the fact that every floor in the house was being used as a trash can.

Upon entering the bedroom of the child of the house (she was eight years old) I was struck by the trash and filthy condition of her bedroom. It was clear that the child had not been taught anything about hygiene or the importance of cleaning up after one self.

Children are like sponges. They take in whatever they are taught. And if a child sees his parents throwing trash on the floors, the child will learn to do likewise.

As soon as a child is able to get around and comprehend instructions, that child should be taught to do small things such as:

* Wipe up spills

* Put away toys

* Place dirty clothes in laundry basket

And for fun, allow the child to sweep the floor with a child sized broom. Buy the child a toy vacuum cleaner. The goal is for the child to become clean conscious. And it’s best to teach him/her about cleanliness when they are very young so that it will be ingrained in them as they grow older.



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