(Written by Morag A.) If you’re lucky enough to have a separate room in your home for the kids to play in, you’ll know how much mess that small children can make in a short period of time. If the mess is confined to one room, it can be tempting just to close the door and forget about it, but when the kids have been playing in the room where you want to relax after they’ve gone to bed, ignoring the toys and games isn’t so easy.
Even the youngest children can be encouraged to help tidy up at the end of the day and to put their toys away before bed. There are lots of commercially produced rewards charts on the market which allows the child to win a gold star for their efforts, but you can just as easily make your own and allow your child to choose their own sticker to put on the chart once everything is put away.
Older children can more easily understand that in order to get their weekly pocket money, they have to help out by tidying and completing other chores. [Read more…]