March Is Here … Let Your Kids Spring Into Action!

In Blog by | February 28, 2018

Let Your Kids Spring Into Action This March

Spring is just around the corner, which means it's time to start making a list of all the “Spring Cleaning” projects you want to get done before the Summer heat kicks in. The average home has hundreds of projects just waiting to be tackled, including many your kids can jump in to complete.

According to a recent study by the Center for Parenting Education, children who regularly do chores are: better able to deal with frustration; delay gratification; have higher self-esteem, and are more responsible compared to children who don't help out with chores. To me, that sounds like a total win-win!

Long before studies were pointing out what we already figured, chores were teaching our kids about work ethic, responsibility, accountability, time management, and sometimes, teamwork. No one will ever argue that these are all positive character traits our kids will need as adults.

So as parents, why should we always try to handle all of the Spring Cleaning tasks ourselves or hire an expensive service for help, when we can assign some chores to our kids? It appears that I'm almost holding back their personal growth by not letting them handle some of the Spring Cleaning tasks.

Here are just a few tips on how to tackle your Spring Cleaning this year while getting a little help from the kids:

  • Plan It Out – Once you have come up with a list of projects, sit down as a family and discuss them, set the deadlines and who is tackling what. Make sure to take age into consideration.
  • Team Up – Instead of having each child take on individual project, team the kids up to make the jobs go faster or promote teamwork. While the key is getting the job done right, you can get them matching colored shirts, or if you have two teams, let them race to see who can finish their cleaning project the fastest, while delivering the best results. Remember quality always matters!
  • Make It Fun – No one said chores had to be boring, so look for ways to make it fun. Since younger children may not be able to help as much, put them in charge of quality control.
  • Neighborhood Challenge – Have your children decide on a neighborhood project and have them ask a friend to come over to help. Clean a park, do something for an elderly neighbor or pick up trash from the street. The point is to work together to make where you live a bit better.
  • Time = Money – When kids can help around the home is also the perfect time to start teaching your kids another real-life lesson – the value of money and how to manage it. Though some parents don't want to admit it, your children need to know about money, what their time is worth and how to manage what they earn. The faster they learn this and build a solid money-management routine, the better off they will be.
  • The Big Bonus – As a family, decide on one primary task that everyone can work on and where the reward is something for the family. Maybe it's shopping, or dinner out, a movie or getting ice cream. Not only can this build teamwork, but it can also motivate everyone to do the best job possible to achieve one goal. After all, you just saved maybe hundreds of dollars by not hiring someone to clean, mow the grass, paint a wall or wash your dogs.