It may seem hard to believe, but …
One spring day, decades from now, your grown children will catch the first scent of clover and fresh-mowed grass. Suddenly, they will be struck with an irresistible urge to … wash windows, clean out the garage, or weed the garden. Reaching across time, they’ll connect with you and the lessons you taught them about spring cleaning and maybe even life.
With that day in mind, here are some thoughts about what and how parents are really teaching their kids during annual spring cleaning rituals.
Celebrating spring. Making transitions.
After a long, dark winter, aren’t we all ready to just go out and play? Like “decking the halls” in preparation for the winter holidays, you can model a celebratory attitude about spring cleaning by first focusing on the fun tasks ahead. You can let your children:
- Set the mood by creating individual playlists of “music to clean by” and allowing them to “crank it up” during cleaning sessions.
- Get in gear by focusing on the first tasks of organizing and maintaining seasonal toys and sports equipment—packing away the ice skates and sprucing up the bicycles.
- Get outside, working with them in the yard or garden where they can enjoy the sun and see the immediate impact of their work. (First time gardening with your children? Check out this kid-friendly site from the University of Illinois.)
As the old saying goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a ...