Kids are little tornadoes of activity, consuming energy and selflessly radiating that energy as smears of dirt and messy piles of toys. The magic of childhood is that ability to attract dirt and create the occasional domestic disaster that’s next to impossible to cleanup. We’re talking hand prints made from sticky paint, or permanent pen marker all over a family heirloom. Unfortunately, you can never hope to match your kids for energy, and a long day of house cleaning will leave you with a short temper. Let’s short-circuit potential messes before they happen, and avoid mommy burnout.
4 Tips to Prevent Your Kid’s Worst Messes
Practice Household Management
It’s time to appreciate your own parents and remember some of the maxims they quoted in your youth. A place for everything, and everything in its place is a charming favorite among most moms. Avoid messes by storing the clutter that lays around your home. Buy an expandable series of plastic storage bins and assign one for toys, another for household items, and quickly remove a leading reason for untidy messiness, unsightly clutter.
Your energy flags at the hottest point of the day. Attend to your Edmonton air conditioning system and adjust the temperature. As Always Plumbing & Heating notes, warm environments make kids more restless when they’re stuck indoors, a situation that leads to excess energy and dirty messes due to the expenditure of that restless energy. Unlike adults, kids can’t manage their moods, and a hot environment will lead to tantrums. Stay cool and keep the home cool.
Funnel Creative Outlet
It’s winter and the snow is drifting against your door, or it’s raining and there’s no way for your excited youngster to get out and play. Muddy messes are about to trail through your clean hallways unless you take action. Take an hour out of each day to teach a little art to your furious ball of energy. Focusing pens, crayons and permanent markers on store brand paper is a lot cheaper than cleaning messy paint and ink from your expensive furnishings. While you can never predict what might happen with these products, keeping them contained is the key to keeping them off the walls. Use only pencils when you can, and easily clean stray marks with nail polish remover.
Put Them to Work
It’s tempting to place your children in front of the TV and let television occupy their minds as you take care of work. While this solution is healthy enough at times, it’s far better to partake in your child’s growth. Assign chores to young minds and bodies, placing limited responsibility on your kids. The confident glow you see radiate from your child is worth any amount of TV time, and you’ve gained a helper.
Messes happen and it is all just part of what it means to be a parent. Cleaning up is never the fun part, but letting your kids experience new things is always great, and with a few tips and proactive measures you can avoid the worst of them.
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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