I asked and moms delivered. I know you want to keep a house tidy with small children, but here’s why it’s hard!
We all know that cleaning the house with toddlers is just something that must be done. Mostly because they make such a huge mess it’s got to be done constantly.
There is a lot to do and our children won’t just wake up one day at the age of 12 and be enthusiastic about cleaning. We must teach them and teach them young. There are things even my 2 and 3 year olds can do to help. And I let them! I am a tired mom, after all.
But that doesn’t mean letting them help is easy or even necessarily productive. The other day I asked the readers on my Facebook page the following question, and between them and me… these are the answers.
Cleaning the house with a toddler is like…
…Is INSANITY! Doing the same task over and over expecting different results. Why do I always expect different results!
…Like dusting during a sand storm in a fun way.
… brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.
… not cleaning the house at all.
… Fine… until you release them!
… shoveling snow in a blizzard.
… A broken record, you will have to ask them repetitively in order to get your toddler to help you.
… Cleaning the same thing over & over again for eternity!
… Wishing, I had octopus arms!! And an extra washer and dryer!!
… it’s like spinning your wheels and not going anywhere.
… like trying to go down an escalator.
… like straightening your hair with curlers in humidity!
… Flipping a coin. Sometimes you get what you called and other times not.
… like trying to clean a landfill.
… bad for my patience level.
… like smashing your head against a brick wall.
… like having a mini-assistant who keeps you laughing. :)
So, in short, cleaning the house with a toddler is like investing. You get nothing now and just hope for the best! Do you have any to add?
- Involving kids in household tasks has a positive impact later in life
- Chores are associated with self-competence, self-efficacy, and prosocial behavior
- Longitudinal Harvard study shows chores are bigger predictor of good mental health as an adult (moreso than social class, family problems, and other factors)