For mothers, it is always a good feeling to see their kids playing around at home or in other places designed for recreational activities. Play forms a big part in children’s progressive growth and development. It is essential in forming their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.
Seeing the kids having fun and in full gaiety is perhaps one of the best feelings a mother could have. But you perhaps also experience the dilemma tidying clutters around the house during their playtime. More often than not, I go after their mess and it has become very taxing indeed.
But recently, I learned that there are actually effective ways to address this problem with your kids’ clutters. Based on my experience, here are some tips on how to make your kids fix their own mess.
1. Provide them with cabinets or storage items.
In my observation, this was the most effective way to promote tidiness to your kids. Give them storage cabinets with bins in which they could put all the stuff they always use. Cabinets or chests like those at www.thefurnituremarket.co.uk are very functional. They are an ideal storage item because they are not only sturdy and well-built, but there are also some that are designed especially for kids which could further encourage your kids to fill them in with an assortment of stuff.
2. Explain the value of tidiness.
Tell them how important it is to be always orderly and neat and storing toys is one of those they should always consider. You may tell that if they do not place their toys in proper places, they may be broken, destroyed or even lose them. Worse, someone might step on them and get hurt.
3. Encourage tidiness by giving out rewards.
Tell your kids that every time they clean their clutters up every after play time, you would bake them special cookies or whatever their favorite food is. In my case, my kids are a great fan of scrumptious macarons, and so I prepare this sweet treat for them every time they clean up their rooms or tidy up their clutter.
4. Visit a toy shop and let them see how toys are organized.
Bookstores, toy shops and fun parks are three of top places my kids enjoy visiting. I noticed how extra sensitive they become whenever we are in a bookstore and they speak in low, move with care and actually sit in a corner without care. It goes the same in a toy shop, they would just look about and ask occasionally if they can buy a certain toy. Seeing toys carefully arranged on shelves and boxes is the best time for you to tell them that toys should be cared for too and that’s the best way to do it.
5. Be the best example.
Kids always follow examples. If they see you tidying up things at home, it is most likely that they will do the same. It’s a discipline for them and less work for you.