My children are only 2 and 4 years old, but it’s never too early to start implementing good habits.

I strongly believe that you should make your children work for you. These are basically free employees. And I have a great hack for getting kids to think cleaning is fun.

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I use painter’s tape to make a small box on the floor, and then I ask my children to sweep all the crumbs on the floor into the box. I even bought a child-size broom at the big-box store that shall remain nameless so they don’t have to struggle with the grownups’ cleaning supplies.

Offering a little incentive for a job well done can’t hurt. Tyson played the role of my child in this video, and I rewarded him with his favorite treat — a Hershey bar.

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Elissa Benzie About the author:
Elissa is a millennial wife and mom with two toddlers. She's neurotic and disorganized, she's over it and exhausted. But it's OK, that's life! Follow her on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or Instagram
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