BEHAVIOR MILESTONES: Cleaning Up

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Picking up after yourself is a learned behavior. It is something that kids need to be taught as they grow. Start simple and small and add as they get older. Our job as parents is to help our kids develop the habit of cleaning up. It doesn’t have to be seen as a “punishment” or a miserable “chore”. It can be taught in a fun and positive manner. And if we are consistent, it will become routine for kids and be an invaluable habit that lasts a lifetime.
Kudo Banz can help make achieving this milestone easy and even fun. To make things super simple, we’ve put together a progressive list of steps to achieve and helpful parenting tips. Earning Kudo charms for these steps makes it a fun “cleaning adventure” – which makes the whole family happier!

KUDO STEP SUGGESTIONS:

Age 3 - 5
  • Put toys or books away in labeled bins (or picture bins for pre-readers)
  • Put shoes/jacket/backpack in specific spot
  • Put out / back dinner placemats (add on napkins/silverware as you go – of course butter knives only)
  • Clear non-breakable dishes from table
  • Sweep or vacuum (albeit not that well)
Age 6 - 8
  • Put clothes away in drawers (& hanging stuff if can reach or provide stool)
  • Unstack (easy) parts of dishwasher
  • Set / clear dishes (including inexpensive breakables) from table
  • Keep bathroom sink area neat (including wiping off toothpaste messes)
  • Dust reachable areas
  • Sweep and vacuum well
Age 7 - 11
  • Make bed
  • Keep room tidy (clothes, books and toys put away)
  • Fold and put away all laundry (they can even do laundry at this point too but may be a stretch)
  • Take out garbage (until this point it is hard to reach the outside trash bin)
  • Stack/unstack dishwasher
  • Clean mirrors and windows with plant-based cleaner (save hard cleaners until they are teenagers)
  • Clean toilets (again, no hard cleaners)
  • Organize playroom (yes, they can even sort out the toys not played with)

PARENTING TIPS

Model a positive attitude about cleaning up. Kids will emulate you! If you complain, they will too.
Be specific. Give one simple instruction at a time. “Put cars into bin” vs “pick up playroom” is clearer and less overwhelming.
Reset the rules. Share the new cleaning plan and how the kids fit into the plan. Involving them from the start makes them more invested.
Don’t redo their work. It won’t be perfect but if you redo their work, kids will get discouraged and won’t learn the correct way to do a task.
Make it fun. Put on music or make it a game. “Can you put away all the blocks before the song is over?” Or “Can you pick up all the stuffies before the timer goes off?” Another cute game is playing pretend business “Sophia’s Cleaning Company is at your service”.
Give lots of Kudos! Show enthusiasm and appreciation for their work. Kids thrive on positive reinforcement. Kudo Banz makes giving kudos super easy!

Kudo Banz Behavior Milestones:

Kudo Banz is like an on-the-go chore chart. Positive reinforcement reinvented to meet the needs of today’s millennial families. As kids grow, they are constantly learning new behaviors. Reaching these milestones in a positive manner is where Kudo Banz comes in! We are here to help start and end behavior in a fun and positive way. Sticker charts or chore charts are often stuck at home, Kudo Banz is always there when you need it since it is right there on your child’s wrist (keeping them motivated to reach their incentive goal).

Finally, a behavior chart that works for your family and makes raising good kids easy and fun. Say goodbye to yelling and tantrums. Kudo Banz makes positive parenting simple.

Growing Happy Families.