Confession: My Kids are Messy Eaters #PalmoliveMultiSurface
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Now that I am expecting child number 3, I decided it’s time for my other 2 kids to help out a little more. Currently, they have fairly easy chores around the house. Some of the chores they already do are putting away the laundry, feeding the dogs, watering the dogs, picking up their toys…pretty basic stuff. I have finally added cleaning up where they eat to the list.
Normally, they put their plates in the sink after they have finished eating, but the mess they leave around the plate seems to have gotten worse! No matter how many times I tell them to eat over their plates, it seems more food lands on the counter around their plates than in their mouths. My 5 year old has decided to stop using his utensils to eat and uses his hands instead. (I want to think it’s because he’s been racing his brother lately and it’s just faster for him.)
My 9 year old asked for a piece of leftover cake from my 5 year old’s birthday party. I agreed to let him have one and I went to tackle the giant mountain of dishes needing to be washed. When I turned around, I saw the mess. Chocolate cake crumbs everywhere!! This was the perfect time to show him how to clean up his own mess!
I had picked up a few things at Walmart a few days earlier when I thought of this new chore. As I was looking at the soaps, I saw new Palmolive® Multi Surface Dish Soap and thought it was perfect! Palmolive® Multi Surface eliminates 99.9% of bacteria (*staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica and E. coli (157:H7)) from dishes and hard non porous kitchen surfaces. I used to have 3 products sitting next to my sink for everyday cleanups. Now, I only need the 1! I also decided to buy him his own sponge to make it a little more special. I think it adds to the novelty of his new chore.
First, I showed him how to wipe the extra crumbs onto his plate and dispose of them in the garbage. We rinsed the sponge and went onto the next step of a more thorough cleaning with a solution recommended on the back of the soap bottle.
When we were all finished, I saw the plate from his cake sitting in the sink and decided to have him wash it since I had just finished washing the rest of the dishes. He put a little soap on his sponge and scrubbed away!
At first, I thought my 9 year old would not be excited about learning his new chore. But I was WRONG! He was actually really excited about it! Later, when everyone was finished with supper, he grabbed his sponge and made his cleaning solution and cleaned the counters! Without me asking! I was shocked it was that easy!!
I am excited for his help in doing this because it gives me that extra bit of time to relax! There are times when I haven’t washed the counters until much later because I wasn’t feeling well or something was hurting. I should have assigned him this chore sooner!
What do you do to try to make a new chore more fun for your kids?
Want to try out the new Palmolive® Multi Surface Dish Soap? You can find it in the dish soap aisle at Walmart like I did!