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20 Jobs Your Kids Can Do to Help Your House be Springy Clean

By mandycheney |

So Spring fever and nesting have joined forces at our house. That’s a whole lot of cleaning folks! I’m 30 weeks pregnant now and the clock is starting to move rapidly. EEK! I’m not going to spew on how scared I am to have 4 kids, so I’ll spew on how I’m going to get ready for 4 kids by passing on some more responsibility to my older kids. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect, since I’m in “Operation-beef-up-my-kids-self-confidence” mode. Allowing kids to feel responsible is just what they need to feel great about themselves. And my oh my, this mama is going to need some help, so I’m seeing win/win written all over this.

I’m a fan of work and passing that important life skill onto my kids is pretty high up there on my parenting to-do list. I’m sure they think I’m a slave driver, but they’ll love me for it later (or their college roommates or spouse at least will). It’s no fun rooming with a slob.

So, it’s time to kick it into high gear and get my ducks in a row before I’m faced with too many sleepless nights. Luckily, my kids are at an age where they can really help around the house. I hear grumbles occasionally but I know they secretly love to help and have a clean environment to live in. They were especially excited when I let them become the “owners” of certain areas in the house. My son owns the bathroom and my daughter owns the kitchen floor. They are responsible for keeping their part of the house clean. It’s great when someone spills on the floor and I hear my daughter say, “Hey! you need to clean that up!”

Ahhhh… the sound of me NOT nagging. It’s beautiful.

Here are 20 jobs kids can do around the house to help their mama out!

And here are also some tips to help make it more fun for them. (They really don’t need to know it’s work.)

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Chores for Kids

Go Fish

Make folding laundry and pairing socks into a game of "Go Fish." They'll forget they're working and focus on trying to find the white sock with green stripes so they can have a match.

Do you have your kids help you with chores? What do they do around the house to give you a hand?


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About mandycheney



Mandy Cheney is a writer and mother of 4 residing in Utah. She was a Parenting blogger at Babble.

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2 thoughts on “20 Jobs Your Kids Can Do to Help Your House be Springy Clean

  1. Moon says:

    This is fantastic! :-) I wish there was a way to print out a short list to take home as a reminder! You can bet I’ll be trying these, especially the ‘don’t let them drown’.

  2. jonathan ramirez says:

    more ways

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