Anybody who has sat down with their kids and enjoyed the classic film ‘Mary Poppins,’ will know how it endears itself with children and adults alike. It’s an old film (first released in 1964) but it has lost none of its popularity.
Now, we all know how hard it is to convince children to help out around the house, clean their bedrooms or help with chores. It’s not exactly something that comes naturally, and if, like most parents, you are sick of your nagging falling on deaf ears, it may be time to try a new approach. Mary Poppins said ‘In every job that must be done there is an element of fun’. It’s actually quite true. We as adults still need to look for the motivation to carry out household tasks – but we understand the end result is the satisfaction of a job well done. Kids don’t understand this concept, so they’ll just have to find the fun in the middle of the job! Here are some ideas for injecting some fun into work around the home that your kids will love:
Vacuuming can be done by kids as young as two! Okay, they might not do a great job but it’s good training for them. Make them giggle while they are playing with the vacuum by pretending that they ran over your foot! Or tip out loads of tiny cake sprinkles and get your kids to suck them up with the vacuum. When they are picking up stuff they are interested in it gets much more fun! The earlier you start with kids the better as they don’t understand boredom when they are young – everything is a toy to be played with!
The Washing Up
Older kids are totally able to do their own washing up so let them! Give them a step if they can’t quite reach the sink. If you do the drying, and sing songs with them while you are working, they will forget that it’s even work at all! Distract them from a mundane job by swapping jokes, teaching rhymes and being silly.
Teach Good Habits
It is entirely possible to get your kids into good habits from a very early age. As soon as they are old enough to understand you, you can get them to start putting their shoes and clothes away. If they spill something, give them a cloth and let them help clean it up. They’ll think it’s a great laugh and when you praise them they will burst with pride.
It’s all about helping your kids to associate work with fun. The people that get on best in life find the fun in everything, no matter how dull it could be. Promoting a positive, fun attitude to your kids is one of the most helpful things you will ever do for them. They will turn into hard workers themselves if they are taught how to find the satisfaction in every job to be done. When they have worked really hard, stick on Mary Poppins as a treat for you all!
Today’s featured writer, Alena Love, is a frequent blogger. She is very finicky about cleanliness and hygiene. She regularly writes blogs about the importance of living in a tidy surrounding. She reviews cleaning equipment and recommends Power Vac’s vacuums for their compactness and durability.