Tidy your room! - How to win the Battle

Rob Sutherland

Posted on July 18 2015

In many homes the issue of bedroom tidiness is a huge problem for parents. It is a difficult problem to deal with as children see their rooms as their private space. Any parent who has walked into a bedroom that is knee deep in dirty clothes will know what I mean. However, families can come to a rational agreement about bedroom tidiness by following a few common sense guidelines. Parentingideas blog has some ideas worth a try:-

1. Bedrooms generally are not going to be spotless. Kids live in them. Adjust you standards to kids’ age and stage of development.

2. Determine the degree of untidiness you can tolerate.Mess beyond this agreed-upon point means you are unwilling to enter their rooms to kiss children goodnight or to put clean clothes in drawers.

3. Have two standards of neatness, one for everyday use and a higher one for when a friend visits.

4. Bedrooms are to be tidied well on a weekly basis. This will help prevent an outbreak of typhoid and keep rats at bay.

5. Untidy rooms have closed doors. That way you don’t have to see them.

6. Young children need to help make beds, tidy rooms and keep floors clean. You may have to spend time doing this with them. This type of training pays you back in spades later on.

7. Determine the type of assistance you want to give older kids. Sometimes they can become overwhelmed by untidy bedrooms and need some guidance to get them started.

Some lucky parents have children who like a tidy environment. However, many parents have kids that need some direction to keep things under control. They may also need a backhoe and a fumigator from time to time.

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