Some kids would rather do anything than clean, while others are tidy by nature. Younger kids sometimes think cleaning is fun, while older kids recognize the activity for the chore it truly is. But whether they enjoy the process of cleaning or not, there are actually some spots in your home your kid can clean better than you. So save yourself the aches and pains of crawling on the floor by letting your kiddo do some of the tough work for you. Because guess what? You'll actually be doing them a favor, too.
Believe it or not, kids "crave work and they crave purpose," Montessori teacher Meagan Messuri, B.S., tells Romper. "Participating together during your daily life by doing things like laundry, sweeping, mopping ... allows your children to see the value of working together," she adds. "It feels good when things are in order and it feels good to clean together."
Of course, not all cleaning is created equal when it comes to kids, because even if you'd love to have someone else scrub the bathroom floors, it's safer to keep them away from harsh chemicals. "When cleaning with your children, don't use household cleaners," Richard Peterson, CFE, chief academic officer of Kiddie Academy, tells Romper. "For most projects, water works just fine or even better." It won't be difficult to get them to do a quality job with that water, either.
As far as getting them to clean enthusiastically, get your Mary Poppins on. "Children love to play, so incorporate 'fun' into clean up time," Peterson recommends. He suggests games like "[seeing] how much they can clean in 10 minutes" or "sing[ing] and danc[ing] while cleaning up." So turn on some music, pass them some soap and water, and watch them help make your house sparkle.