6 Ways to Trick Kids Into Cleaning

In their early years, my kids were pretty much only good for snuggles and comic relief, but now that they're older, they've layered on the ability to be useful around the house. They unload the dishwasher and vacuum the rugs, but every once in a while I use their endless energy to tackle deeper cleaning tasks.

When I was thinking of all the ways we clean together, I asked the kids, "What are some of the ways I trick you into cleaning?" They were confused about the question, so I elaborated. "You know, like Sock Skating." My nine-year-old tilted his head to the side and said, "You know you aren't tricking us, right? We know we're cleaning." I smiled, because I'm glad they know they're being helpful, but I'm also happy they are having fun doing it and feeling a sense of accomplishment. Not all chores have to be a drag.

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