Feb 2

Do you have a son or daughter who loves to help cook dinner or do the laundry? Taking care of a home is a very important part of life that every child will eventually face, but few get any practice while they’re young. Take a look at 5 Ways to Encourage Young Homemakers to see how you can help teach your kids to take pride in their living space.


Jan 18

Does that teddy bear have a missing ear?  Is that transformer getting kind of grungy?  Maybe it’s time to take a look at this guide to cleaning and fixing toys from Real Simple.


Jan 11

Getting your teen or older child to clean his or her room can be quite the task. On one hand, it’s your child’s private space, but on the other, it’s your house, and they play by your rules, right? Check out Clean Your Room…or Else, where the Wall Street Journal tackles this exact issue.


Oct 6

Do your kids groan and grumble every time you tell them to make their bed or do the dishes?  If so, you might want to check out these iPhone, iPad, Android and Internet apps that turn cleaning the house into something a little more fun and exciting.


Oct 5

Let’s face it: even the cleanest of households can become cluttered over time, especially when a child enters the family. Children seem to accumulate so much stuff that you might feel like they need a home of their own just to contain it all. Never fear, Real Simple has put together a list of tips and tricks to get your child’s stuff organized and turn that clutter into something beautiful.


Sep 18

Little hands tend to get dirty really quickly, and one way to help prevent illnesses is to keep them clean. Instead of following your toddler around with a bottle of hand sanitizer, you might want to teach them a thing or two about cleaning up. Check out this video from Parents Connect that shows how to teach your toddler to wash their hands.


Aug 20

The next time your child jokingly complains about child labor when you ask them to clean their rooms, you might want to hide your phone. One little boy in Germany took his complaints to the next level and called the police when his mom told him to pick up some paper off the floor.  The boy, 11, told police he was a target of “forced labor” and that he had to “work all day long.”  His mother assured the police officer that he was just upset because he couldn’t play all day.


Jul 6

The word “chore” seems to turn most people, especially children, in the opposite direction, especially when those chores are outdoors in the middle of hot summer.  However, if your little one isn’t exactly ready to go outside to wash windows or sweep off the porch, you can turn those chores and more into a fun game.  Check out Turning Outdoor Chores Into Summer Fun.


May 15

No matter how much you love them, every mom and dad knows kids can be, well, very messy.   Whether it’s, gum and candy or the residue from your child’s favorite stickers, if you’re not careful, everything in your house can get pretty sticky.  If this has happened to you, you’re in luck.  Here are some tips for cleaning up things like gum and sticker residue, glue, and even mystery stains.


Apr 3

Spring has officially sprung, and it’s also the time of year when many people decide it’s time to clean up the house.  Spring cleaning may be exciting (okay, the results are exciting) for mom and dad, but most kids probably aren’t jumping up and down at the thoughts of cleaning their rooms or helping with the rest of the house.   From making up games to playing fun music, the parenting website Lil Sugar has five great ways to make spring cleaning fun for kids.


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