Cleaning a house when you've got young children at home can be challenging to keep things clean, neat, and orderly but it's not impossible. The secret is to make your kids part of the solution, rather than the problem. 

Children love to help out and often feel such pride in their accomplishments. 

When cleaning and picking up is part of the expectations you establish within the family, kids catch on quickly and accept that they are an important part of making the household run smoothly and neatly for example; 

* putting toys back where they belong
* collecting place mats after meals
* let them tidy the bed after a sleep 

Give clear instructions; "Clean up your room" is an overwhelming statement, but "Put away all the cars in their container" is a clear instruction. 

Children of around 5 or 6 love to role play, so why not give them an apron or some child size rubber gloves. 

Give older kids a time frame; Parents expect their children to do things the minute they are asked. That may be okay when they are under 5 but as they get older and are concentrating on something else, it’s better to give them a time frame, such as ‘before dinner’, ‘when your friends leave’. 

Don’t redo their work! This will send your children a message that their work wasn’t good enough. If you do that, your children will quickly be discouraged and as a result, they won’t bother to learn how to do the task properly and will rely on you to get it done. Try to be as supportive and encouraging as possible, even if the job isn’t done precisely to your expectations.

Be proud of your child's efforts and encourage them to make the task more fun!

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