While visiting with my parents over the 4th of July, I asked my mom a simple (but loaded) questions:
“What is one of your parenting regrets from when we were younger?”
Her answer was not what I expected, but I was so glad she said it:
“I wish I would have made you guys help more around the house.”
That’s a good one. Chores and kids is such a tricky thing. But if my mom regrets not pushing the issue, then it’s probably a good idea for me to be better about it with my brood.
So yesterday I started my new “help me clean” campaign with a sweeping game I saw on pinterest HERE. It’s not linked to a blog post so I don’t know much about the genius behind it, except that you make a square on the floor using tape (I used black and white washi tape from target) and challenge the kids to sweep messes into the area.
It’s been working really well, & also keeps people from walking through dirt piles (so annoying when that happens).
And if your name is Griffin,
then it’s also a fantastic place to grab a snack.
What is your take on cleaning and kids? What works for you & what is most challenging about it? I love hearing your thoughts and ideas and know it’s helpful for other readers as well!
xo . Rae
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