Can you believe that the first day of spring is just around the corner?
Here at The Art Farm NYC, we couldn’t be more excited for warmer weather, beautiful springtime blossoms, and the opportunity to do more of our favorite activities outdoors.
After spending months inside, we’re also excited to spring clean our homes and get everything tidied up. If you’re looking forward to a cleaner, more open home but aren’t looking forward to tackling every item on your spring cleaning list alone, why not take this opportunity to have your child lend a helping hand? In this post, we’ll discuss a few different ways in which spring cleaning can benefit your child.
As a reward for helping out, why not take them to The Art Farm NYC for one of our springtime classes? We’re currently offering enrollment for both in-person and online classes — look through our offerings and find the perfect class for your child!
5 Ways Spring Cleaning Benefits Children
Confidence is one of the most important qualities you can help your child develop from an early age, and having your child help out with a few chores is a great way to build their self-esteem and show them just how much they can accomplish when they challenge themselves. Start small, but start with an age-appropriate task that they haven’t done before. Make sure to praise them for their effort, even if it’s not completely perfect the first time. If it’s a task such as sweeping or dusting, just have them continue practicing in other areas of the home. Praise their improvements and watch their self-confidence grow!
Motor Skill Development
Learning to perform household chores is a great way to develop fine motor skills. Chores that involve lifting, pulling, and moving against resistance all provide your child with a chance to develop their proprioception, which is their awareness of how their body’s position and movements relate to their surroundings. Some of the most common household chores that can help children develop this important skill include:
- Mopping and dusting
- Putting dishes away
- Raking and pulling weeds
- Folding laundry
It’s extremely important to teach your child about how their actions affect the world and the people around them. If they aren’t used to picking up after themselves, now is a great time to build their awareness of how leaving messes might affect others. In addition to building empathy, it can also instill a sense of discipline and help children understand that work is a necessary part of life.
A link between doing chores around the house and future success isn’t just a hunch, either — numerous studies have suggested that children who began performing household chores at an early age were more self-sufficient and more likely to do well in school than children who didn’t.
Building off of the previous point, it’s important to prepare your child for the years ahead. As they grow into teens and young adults, it will be more and more important for them to understand how to maintain a tidy living space. If they start to see cleaning as a necessary part of life now, they’re much more likely to continue doing it once they’ve left the home.
4 Ideas for Getting Started
Let Your Child Lead
Chores have a number of benefits, but they aren’t exactly most children’s idea of a good time. You can make spring cleaning much more enjoyable if you let your child lead and allow them to pick from several different tasks. If your child is normally resistant to cleaning, you might try randomly selecting a task from a jar to make the process seem fairer. Just make sure that you’re prepared to help them succeed, no matter what they choose!
Take It One Task at a Time
An association between stress and cleaning is the last thing you want your child to develop, so don’t try to tackle cleaning your entire home in a day. Remember, you’re helping your child develop a skill, and skills take time to develop. Instead of handing them the same list you would write for yourself, let them complete a task or two before taking a break or taking the rest of the day off.
Children are hyper-observant and take their cues from the role models in their life. If you complain and have a bad attitude about spring cleaning, we can almost guarantee that your child will, too. You don’t have to be over-enthusiastic to the point that your child picks up on insincerity, but showing your child that you care about maintaining a clean living space and having fun while doing it can be a valuable learning and bonding experience.
Don’t Forget a Fun Reward!
Spring cleaning is hard work, but one of the best ways to stay motivated is to provide yourself — and your child — with a reward. If the whole family pitches in, consider ordering something special for dinner or going out for dessert.
If your child is more experientially motivated, why not come to The Art Farm NYC for one of our in-person classes for kids? We’re currently offering a number of fun classes taking place this spring that truly offer something for everyone. We have classes that include art, music, science, and of course, time with our exotic animals, such as turtles, bunnies, snakes, and more! Visit our class signup page to see all of our offerings, and please contact us if you have any questions!