The word cleaning may in fact cause loud sighs and complaints among the children in your house, but it doesn’t need to. Almost anything can be made fun with a little healthy competition with Dad. If you struggle to get your children to do some basic cleaning and tidying, turn it into a competition. What child doesn’t like to compete with Dad? I remember as a kid that the ultimate goal among us kids was to beat Dad. Dad was bigger, stronger and faster, but that didn’t stop me and my brother from trying to beat him at everything. We raced him and tried to shoot more baskets and beat him at board games. You name it we wanted to beat Dad. So, why not use that to get some real productive cleaning done? Turn chores and cleaning into a competition with dad and make a game of it.
Break a whistle, a stopwatch, or maybe just the kitchen timer and start competing for cleanliness. You and your children can race to clean your own rooms and whoever is fastest wins. Or you can help them and see which of you can put away the most legos, books, or toys in the allotted amount of time. Create races with them. See how many clothes you can each fold in a minute. You can give them time challenges to see if they can clean their closet in ten minutes. Or divide the room into sections and challenges and clean it that way. You will want to think of some rules first. Points will be added to their score for lost objects that they find while cleaning, points will be taken away for anything broken in the cleaning process. Things shoved under the bed and not put away can also cause you to lose points. You can be the judge and decide if the quality of cleaning is up to your standards, or you can make your partner be the judge. Continue reading Competition with Dad: Making Cleaning Fun