Why should your child care if their room is clean or not?
When your child’s room is clean there is more space to play.
They can find their favorite toys more easily.
They can have friends over to visit.
And, most importantly, your trust in them will grow and they can get more privileges.
These are the natural outcomes of having a clean room. As your child grows in understanding and maturity, they will understand all this and more and it will be a natural motivation for them to keep it clean.
However, if you’ve ever tried to explain such things to a five year old they probably weren’t listening to you because they just plain don’t care.
Does that mean they don’t need to keep their room clean? Heck no!
Rewards and Consequences
So how can you help your child understand that cleaning their room is a good idea? Simple! You give them a reward when they clean up and a consequence when they don’t.
Children have a hard time correlating a task with a natural positive outcome. When you draw attention to the reward they will receive when they clean their room, you will help them understand that cleaning their room gives them good things.
Examples of Rewards:
You can tell your child, “After you clean your room…”
- We will play a game together.
- We will read a book together.
- We will switch out your toys for a new set of toys.
- You will earn a sticker on your reward chart.
- You can have an hour of screen time.
- You can get your toys out of toy jail. Or…
- You will be done with chores for the day.
You will also make sure they understand the consequence of not cleaning their room. The consequence can frequently simply be the absence of the reward, or it could be more inventive.
Examples of Consequences:
- We won’t play together today.
- We won’t read a book together today.
- You won’t get a new set of toys out.
- You won’t earn a sticker on your reward chart today.
- You won’t have any screen time.
- Toys on the floor go in toy jail.
- You must clean two rooms tomorrow.
Once you have worked on rewards and consequences your child will also begin to pick up on the natural outcomes of their decisions. They will begin to understand that a clean room is a fun room and will be more willing to keep it that way.
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