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How to encourage kids to put stuff away

We have all been there but how exactly do we encourage our children to put stuff away?

In this Google Hangout I am talking with our resident coach, Beckie Whitehouse of Be Confident Coaching about  encouraging our children to put stuff away.  This remains a constant challenge for all parents and I am sure we all get fed up with the sound of our own voices when we are forever asking our children to clear up after themselves.  How often do you end up putting things away yourself?   Breakfast packets are often left out on the side in the kitchen or  clothes are left scattered all over the floor (especially teenagers!) and us parents are often found pulling our hair out.

Here are a just some of a few suggestions that we discuss:

  • using tidy away music
  • encouraging from an early age to tidy up
  • leading by example
  • praise when they have put their stuff away

Do you have any tips to share that we have missed out?  Are you living in constant untidiness in your house?  Are you always tidying up after your children?  Do share your stories with us below

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Sunday 13th of September 2015

i love it. i always encourage my kids to put stuff away. i want to know everyone, i join an event color run


Friday 29th of May 2015

I love this! Only yesterday I had a real struggle with my 3 year old refusing to help tidy toys away with her two sisters aged 5 & 2. A stressful 30 minutes ensued which wasn't enjoyable for either of us. I'll try the music idea as that could work wonders.

Thanks, Mark

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