One of the biggest conflicts between parents and children of any age is to keep their room clean. It’s exhausting and demoralizing for all parties involved. So, what if there were a way you could painlessly teach your children to get into good habits at an early age? It’s going to require some big changes, but I think it can definitely be done, and I think it would be absolutely worth it.
1. Calm down their environment
Kids have SO many clothes, toys, and just “noise” in their lives these days. It’s no wonder they are on constant overwhelm. Too many activities, too much access to technology, too much stuff overflowing their rooms and play spaces. It would be too much for a NASA Scientist to keep it all organized! Look for ways you can calm down their environment and help them keep their room clean:
- Limit technology time to a bare minimum
- Cut back on after school activities. The schedules for sports and performing arts are just crazy these days. 3, 4, even 5 times a week sometimes. Parents need to put their foot down.
- Try limiting them to 2 weeks of clothing – including some dress up items, and a few grungy things and donate the rest. It seems like a strange thing to do, but it’s so hard for kids to manage too many clothes.
- Try cutting toys back by 25%. If possible remove toys to a separate play area. You can box them up in a garage or storage area and rotate them every few months. Then it’s like having all new toys. With fewer toys, they will actually PLAY with them.
- Encourage outside time every day. Take walks, go to the park, play games outside. Outside time is calming and good for their overall health.
- Schedule daily quiet time – even if it’s just 15 minutes of reading, or just sitting on a porch swing and talking. I’ll bet only 1 kid in 100 gets time like that. It’s probably healthy for Mom and Dad too!
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