ParentHacks: Want Your Kids to Help You Clean?

By Giggle Magazine
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We all know that the hardest job you can have is being a parent! The days are definitely long and the years are astonishingly short. Some days you might feel like you’re going through the struggles alone. But, we are here to share some tips and tricks from local parents that can make being a mom or dad a little less stressful! Here are some #ParentHacks for how to get your kids to help you clean the house.


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“I turn off their internet!”

– Elaine Almond

“I pull out a trash bag and tell them whatever doesn’t get picked up gets thrown out!”

– Alex Henry

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Amazon Alexa

“At 7 p.m. every night, I have the Alexa scheduled to announce that it is time for Clean Routine. Clean Routine means everyone has to get anything that is theirs out of the family room/ kitchen/drop-off zone and put it where it belongs. They are supposed to also make sure their room is clean but that doesn’t always happen.”

– Jenn Garratt

“I bribe mine with treats. If they refuse to pick up their room, I send the shark robot into their room and listen for the screams or march in there with a trash bag.”

– Tanya Consaul

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“We do a lot of token economy in our home. If you wash the dishes, you can have 30 minutes of screen time. If you take out the trash, you can have a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you do your homework, clean your room and maintain your chores all week, they get a $10 allowance.”

– Ariana Jones

“I set a timer and say anything on the floor when the timer is up is being thrown away or donated.”

– Brittany Lee

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