Untidy children often grow up into untidy adults, which is why parents need to start training their children from a young age to tidy up and put their clothes away. How can you train your children to put their clothes away?
Lead by Example
How can you expect your children to put their clothes away when yours are always strewn across the bedroom floor? Children learn best when their parents lead by example. Rather than adopting a “do as I say, not as I do” mentality, start to apply your own advice given to your children to yourself, so that your children will learn early on what is expected from everyone in the household, including parents.
Provide Hampers and Clothes Hangers
Help your children learn how to put their clothes away by providing them with all the necessary tools that they will need such as hampers, with personal name labels attached, and clothes hangers. After each load of laundry has dried, help your children to sort and fold clothes. Younger children will need a lot more supervision and support, but older children should be able to do this unaided once they have been told what is expected of them.
Another benefit of providing hampers and clothes hangers is that children are much less likely to carry a load of clothes into their bedrooms and then just dump them onto the bed or leave them lying around. Providing the proper tools of the trade lets children see that clothes can be hanged, folded and sorted quickly and efficiently by using a simple system.
Reward Children for Their Tidiness
Children need correction and discipline, but they also need to be praised and rewarded when they listen to guidance and excel at what they are doing. Observe how well your children are following your directions and then act accordingly.
At the end of the first month, assess how well your children have responded to putting their clothes away. Have they put their clothes away without being reminded? Did they make good use of their own personal hampers and clothes hangers? A reward can be as simple as making them a special dinner to buying them a gift as a token of your appreciation for their hard work.
Training children to put their clothes away should start at a young age. For the best results, lead by example, provide hampers and clothes hangers and reward your children for following through with your directions.