By Carson Davis
I clean the kitchen three to five times each day. Bowls and spoons go in the sink, and leftover food goes into the refrigerator. I wipe down high chairs and wipe up major spills. Depending on the crumbs, I sweep. But a few times a week my floor requires a more thorough cleanup.
If we have time, I like to involve my children in the process. Here’s one way you can cultivate young helpers the next time your floor needs a good scrub.
Make a bowl of soapy water for yourself, and leave it in the sink or on the counter away from your children. Then, fill a bowl (metal or other material that’s safe for children) with water. Expect them to splash or pour all of the water out, so fill accordingly. Keep a large towel nearby to mop up the excess water.
Start playing with the water. Give each child a cup for scooping and pouring. Encourage him to explore how drops of water feel on his arm or his face. Think about how this experience is different from a bath or the pool.
Once your children begin to play, start scrubbing the floor. If they’re interested in what you’re doing, you can offer them dish towels to dry as you clean. Use the large towel to keep the floor as dry as possible and prevent slips.
I still have to scrub the floor, but I don’t mind so much when I have happy children splashing alongside me.