Juggling childcare and cleaning is not easy, but here are a few simple tips that you can help your maid to keep the house tidy when you have toddlers. Your housemaid might also be providing childcare while you are at work, so less time spent tidying means more time she has available to educate and playing with your little ones.
Limit your kids toys
While no one wants their house to feel like a museum and little kids go love their toys, many children have far more toys than they really needs. Firstly limit the rooms in which you keep toys for example they can have the majority of their toys in their bedroom, a few toys in the lounge and none in the rest of the house. Secondly buy a nice looking storage container or chest to store their toys in your main living area and make sure that you limit the number of toys so that tidying up at the end of the say can be fast and easy. If you are worried about them getting bored of playing with these toys get your maid to rotate them with other toys so that the novelty does not wear off. Thirdly reduce the number of toys, buy less and/or rehome toys that they don’t play with. Your maid may be able to send them home or suggest less fortunate children who could like to receive them. Less toys means less to tidy and a number of studies show that limiting toys helps children to develop their imagination. A study in Psychology also suggest that too many toys can over stimulate children resulting in tantrums and more difficult to manage behaviour.
Have your housemaid tidy as she goes
When spills occur and toys are dropped, encourage your maid to clear up as the mess happens. Some helpers let the clutter accumulate throughout the day and at the end of the day it is a much bigger job to tidy up.
Encourage the children help
Discuss maid to employer the jobs that your children can realistically do for themselves. It is a good idea to start early in helping your children to tidy up after themselves and while it is initially easier to let your housemaid tidy up after them they are missing out on the opportunity to learn valuable life skills. They can start with small tasks like tidying away toys once they have used them and your maid to help them to choose and put out their clothes for the next day.
Get your maid to take them out and about
Encourage your housemaid to take the children out of the house, playgroups are great for their development, as are trips to the park and walks around the block. They also have the additional benefit of keeping the kids out of the house and tiring them out so they are less energetic when they are at home.
These small changes will help your housemaid to stay on top of keeping the children entertained and the house tidy.
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