How to involve children in Christmas Day preparations

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Christmas is such a wonderful time of year and this is even more true when you have children around to share in the magic of it all. The wonder in your children’s eyes at everything from the decorations that are put up at home to the amazing lights that adorn the streets in town is bound to put a smile on your face. Trying to figure out how to involve them in the preparations during the festive period, however, may do the exact opposite. Here are a few top tips on how to involve them from how to get rid of paint smell quickly after a messy afternoon of fun, to quiet ideas to keep them out of trouble while you’re busy stuffing the turkey in the kitchen.

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Get them to decorate for you
One of the best parts of Christmas is getting to pop up a Christmas tree and some decorations around your home. Regardless of whether you like a small basic tree with a few baubles or you like to light up the whole house in a really dramatic fashion, getting your children to do part, most or all of the decorating will give you a chance to put your feet up for at least a moment or two.

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Get your craft on
If you are not already a fan of Pinterest, now is a time to get involved in it. There are so many crafty ideas available online that will both involve your children in fun activities for Christmas and keep them out of your hair for a while; from creating lolly pop stick Christmas trees to painting toilet roll cardboard white and creating a snowman from it. You need not worry about how to get rid of paint smell once the crafting is finished, because after all it is Christmas time so lighting a Christmassy cinnamon candle is perfectly acceptable!

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Get your bake on
Whether you fix up a batch of homemade mince pies and a yummy Christmas pudding, or even a simple selection of cupcakes which you cheat and pop Christmas themed cupcake toppers onto; there are so many ways that children can be involved in baking for Christmas. Rolling out pastry for gingerbread men and egg washing the tops of mince pies will not only involve your children, but also make them feel as if they have really helped you out and they will be so proud of what they have helped create.

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Give them easy chores to do
You will be inundated with things to do at Christmas, from wrapping the gifts for your family to ensuring that the turkey is stuffed and basted to perfection. Asking your children to help out doing simple things such as dusting the surfaces around your home, cleaning up after themselves and putting their own washing away will make your life so much easier.

So, whether you were unsure of how to get rid of paint smell after festive arts & crafts, or simply needed a few ideas to involve your children in all of the prep for the upcoming festivities; these tips should help you on your way to having a very merry Christmas!

A contribution post by freelance writer, Joana Teixeira from Cleanipedia

The importance of children being involved in household chores

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There are so many things to teach your children. Whether it’s how to handle money, the importance of emotional intelligence or staying safe in public, parenting has to cover a lot ground. One important area that can sometimes be neglected is chores. While these may be just simple day-to-day tasks, ensuring that your child is both competent in them and understands their importance is absolutely vital.

In this article we give a few reasons why children should get involved in a range of household chores from learning how to defrost a freezer step by step to properly putting out the recycling. And for anyone out there whose children are less than excited about this idea, here are also a few top tips of how to get your kids enthusiastic about their domestic duties!

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Honing useful practical skills

The first reason why it’s important to get your little ones involved in household chores is so they learn useful practical skills. As a child you are learning everything from scratch so whatever you are doing will contribute to your development. For example, if a child learns how to defrost a freezer not only will they get specific skills in this task, but also start learning about food storage and safety.

Learning the importance of personal responsibility

As overstressed parents we often think we need to do everything for our kids, but anyone living in a home has a responsibility to contribute it. Involving your kids in day-to-day tasks will help them understand their responsibilities as members of the family. After doing a few chores they’ll probably appreciate all your work a whole lot more too.

Making them better housemates and partners

Finally, when children are brought up as hard-workers, helping to clean and tidy a house from a young age they make much better housemates and partners after leaving home. This is absolutely vital to the maintenance of friendships and relationships in early adulthood when they are likely to be sharing accommodation for a good few years. Teaching good habits early will pay dividends down the line.

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It’s never too early to start the children with simple chores like cleaning and washing
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Incentivise household tasks to make it more attractive for the kids

How do you get kids involved in household chores?

Incentivise the task: A controversial strategy, but a fail-safe one. If your child is reticent to help out, link their pocket money to their efforts. This will get the average youngster up and cleaning in no time.

Make it fun: Chores don’t have to be boring. If your kids aren’t keen to get involved, make the tasks fun. Turn vacuuming into a dance party, take the rubbish out while wearing funny wigs… Anything to get them enthused.

Give them responsibility: We all know how much more satisfying it is to do a task when we have actual responsibility for it. Give each of your children an area of the house for the week and ask them to take responsibility for all the chores. They will soon learn to take pride in their work.

Getting your kids involved in household chores is a great way to make them responsible, hard-working adults. Find ways to make it fun and engaging and in no time at all you’ll have a few busy worker bees helping with your daily tasks.


A guest post by freelance writer, Joana from Cleanipedia

How to clean your beauty tools

Your beauty tools’ job is to make you look beautiful, but they are very prone to getting dirty. Skin, hair, grime, bacteria and other nasties will all cling to your brushes, tweezers and clippers if you don’t look after them. That means making sure you regularly clean everything so that when it’s time for them to be put to use, you won’t be smearing all that gunk on your face, body and hair. Clogged up beauty tools won’t perform as well either, so that’s another good reason to make sure that they’re free of dirt. So, let’s check out how to keep some of your favourite beauty tools sparkly clean.

Nail tools

Whether it’s on your hands or feet there’s plenty of bad stuff lurking under the nails, so you need to make sure that all your manicure and pedicure tools are clean. Get rid of any single use tools like cotton buds or sticks, and scrub regularly under your clippers with soap and an old toothbrush to remove the grime.

Hair brushes

Your brush is going to collect a lot of hair! It’s also going to gather oil, dead skin and other daily gunk, so cleaning it regularly is imperative. When it comes to knowing how to clean a hairbrush the first step is removing the hair frequently. Then shampoo, yes that’s shampoo, then brush and rinse. Grab your old toothbrush to get rid of anything that’s left and you’re good to go again.

Hair styling tools

With all that heat it’s easy for rogue strands of hair and styling products to cling onto your tongs and curlers, and that’s not going to get the best out of them. To clean, make sure they are unplugged and completely cool. Then, take your time using cotton pads to wipe over the irons, making sure you remove everything. It might take a few times so be patient, but if something isn’t shifting you can try mixing baking soda with water to create a lightly abrasive paste – that should do it.

Make up brushes

You can leave your make up brushes for a little while but if they get really clogged with old make up it’s going to take much longer when you do get round to cleaning them and your skin won’t like it either. The best way to clean is to wet with cold water and then rub a little shampoo or detergent through the brush. Rinse thoroughly and then gently squeeze the water out. Finally, lay them flat on a towel to dry.

Tweezers

The tool that everyone has and one that arguably gets the most use, doing a multitude of jobs. With that brings a lot of dirt, skin and grime too, so tweezers definitely require regular cleaning. Scrub with warm water or just leave them soaking in boiling water for five minutes to get rid of the muck.

Cleaning your beauty tools can be a bit fiddly, but do it often and you’ll reap the rewards. You won’t be smearing grime back onto your face and the tool will probably last longer. So now that you know how to clean a hairbrush, tweezers and more, there’s nothing stopping you from getting the best out of your beauty routine.


A contribution post by freelance writer, Joana Teixeira at cleanipedia.com