Fab Family Fun: Clean Up!
My oldest son is on the verge of realizing cleaning is not fun. He’s still a fan of the vacuum, but as far picking up, we’ve reached a crossroads. Here are a few ideas to make clean up somewhat exciting…
If you have serious cleaning to do, turn it into a party. Buy treats or prizes your kids will want (around here it’s bouncy balls – the great big ones are $.25 in the machine at Old Navy!). Then break up the chores and have a prize for either whoever finishes their assignment first or for everyone who finishes period. Whatever works for you! Repeat this until the list is cleared!
If it is hard labor cleaning, intense yard work, etc., you may really want to consider a party upon satisfactory completion. This could be a movie night – let the kids choose what they want from Redbox and get some “special” treats to eat during it. Or, it could be an outing – we’re fans of Bounce, and they have some specials!
Ten Minute Timer (as seen on Super Nanny 😉 )
Just because you grow up doesn’t mean you’ve grown out of your dislike for cleaning. At least, I haven’t. I actually use this one for myself.
Set the timer for 10 minutes and make a goal to have your task finished before it beeps. That way, the kids know there’s an end to their oppression! I do this when loading the dishwasher to see if I can get it started in 10 min. Depending on the age of your kids, adjust the time up or down.
Does anyone remember that show Double Dare from Nickelodeon? I don’t remember exactly how it went, but when I was a kid, we played Double Dare when cleaning. I do remember the rules of the game we played. One person is the host and counts to a specified number – usually 100. All of the other players count how many things they pick up in that time frame and whoever picks up the most gets to be the next host. The incentive: the host doesn’t have to pick up during their counting time…they just watch everyone else!