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Improve Your Healthy by Cleaning: Parents Edition

By Rachel Shouse

Keeping a clean home as a parent can feel impossible. You get some chores done just to turn around and see what your kids destroyed while you were busy. In order to help combat that, I have a few ideas on how to get your children involved. Believe it or not, there are real health benefits to keeping a clean and tidy home. This can help motivate you as it benefits you and your family.

Kids and Cleaning

Children aren't usually fans of doing chores. There are ways to get them involved in a way that prevents the typical fights. 

Quality time before chores - Kids have a habit of acting out in order to get your attention, as well as get out of cleaning. Giving them some special time before they do their chores can create a smooth transition from playing to working.

Small tasks for small kids - Toddlers and young kids love helping. Try your best to utilize and cultivate this behavior. Let your younger kids help bring laundry to the washer. Set them on the washer or dryer and let them push the buttons as well.

Monetary gain - There are creative ways to pay your kids for cleaning. Get an appropriate sized cork board, take your family size into consideration. Write each chore on an index card with the amount they can earn written on it. If you want to use some visual motivation, tack a small bag with the money in it behind the index card.

Health Benefits of Cleaning

There are both physical and mental health benefits to cleaning and keeping a tidy home. Keeping up with a cleaning routine can increase your physical activity by more than you think. If you keep track of your steps, see what a couple extra tasks can do to help you reach your goals. 

Maintaining a tidy home reduces many symptoms of various mental illnesses. When your home is organized, it's easier to find what you're looking for. This alone can reduce stress and anxiety. Keeping your night stand cleared off can help improve your sleep. Parents could always use some more Zzz's.

Keeping up on simple tasks like dusting and vacuuming helps reduce symptoms of allergies, asthma, skin conditions, etc. Cleaning your home regularly can also prevent and reduce potential illnesses. 

Don't stress over what you need to get done. Overwhelming yourself won't help you. Write down all the cleaning that you want to get done on a piece of paper. Break those tasks up in a realistic way. If this is going to take a while, be sure to recognize what you are getting done. Reaching small goals increases your chances of accomplishing big goals. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in El Cajon, Calif.

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