‘When cleaning the bathroom, don’t forget to wipe down the walls with a damp cloth.’–Mom

Teaching small children to do the chores for you

Posted: December 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | No Comments »

When a child says to you, “Mommy, can I wash the walls?” your first reaction might be to shut off the water in the house and lock up all the sponges. But once the terror has passed, reason sets in. Why not let Atticus Jr. scrub things? You’re not going to do it. And what’s the worst that can happen? A bucket spills, the floorboards get all soapy and a little water drips into the basement? At least the house will smell nice (especially if you keep on hand a stash of lilac- or lemon-verbena-scented cleaning fluid). And you’ll also have a decent-sized patch of clean wall to stare at when you want to go to your happy place.

So when children want to clean—encourage them! Buy your daughter that feather duster for her birthday, and introduce her to the sheer joy of dusting her dollies and then maybe also the Heywood-Wakefield credenza.

Many a parent dreams that someday, their offspring will grow up to be neat freaks and start their own cleaning business. It’s a long shot, but if it doesn’t work out, there’s always Harvard as a backup.