Cleaning bathrooms…not my favorite task. Teaching children to clean bathrooms…even less of a favorite task. I’ll never forget the first time I taught a kid to clean the toilet. As toilet water was flung everywhere, I realized exactly why some people choose to do all the housework themselves.
If you stick with it though, there is success. I now get my bathrooms cleaned once a week by little kids that do just as good of a job as I would do. I kid you not. Those bathrooms sparkle!
When I teach my kids how to complete a new task, I like to follow these steps:
- Assign a chore
- Teach the proper way to complete the chore
- Work alongside the child 1 time
- Monitor the chore while the child works independent 2 times
- Pronounce the chore taught and passed off
This is a ton of work in and of itself, but then it is done right every time. So, if I have done all these steps and my expectations still aren’t being met, something on my part needs to change.
My oldest loves to clean and was a quick learner. My next child to clean bathrooms would do a really great job on everything they remembered to clean. It was hit or miss every time.
I realized that my second bathroom cleaning child works EXTREMELY well with checklists, so I made a colorful checklist complete with visual aids. The pictures eliminate me being asked exactly which cleaner or rags to use each week. The expectation of how the job should be completed is very clearly laid out even down to washing their hands when the job is complete.
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Because cleaning bathrooms is certainly not the most glamorous of chores to learn to do, we have attached a fairly hefty reward onto this job to ensure the maximum learning efforts. Our kids learn to clean bathrooms at age 7 which is generally the same time that they need a bigger bike. When they can clean the bathroom all by themselves and it meets my expectations, they earn a new bike!
So far this reward has worked great for us. I love that the kids are not just given a large item (the bike), but they have learned that hard work pays off and brings great rewards. Not to mention, my bathrooms are cleaned to perfection every single week!
How do you teach your kids to clean bathrooms?