If you are always struggling to get you kids to help out with chores or just taking care of their own stuff, don’t worry – we have some simple solutions to help – at least with cleaning their soccer cleats. Compiled below are some useful tips and tricks to help you take control and inspire your kids to take pride in keeping their soccer cleats clean.
1. Start good cleaning habits when kids are young
This is really important. It’s one of the keys to getting kids to help out consistently. Creating expectations you can establish within the family and responsibilities that the child is capable of doing, is a great way to get started. Cleaning cleats is a super easy task and even a 2 or 3-year-old can do.
2. Make it fun
Kids of all ages love to play make-believe and role-play. So, creating a scenario like “Conrad’s Cleaning Company” will be a lot of fun! Even more fun – let them dress up – bring out the rubber gloves and the goggles and let them get into character.
3. Create a game
Here’s where it can get really fun. Use your imagination and get your kids involved. Come up with some sort of game or challenge to help them get motivated. Challenge your kid to clean their cleats before their favorite pop song is done playing. The possibilities are endless!
4. Make a list
To give your child a sense of responsibility, there is no better way than by putting it in writing with realistic expectations. Let them do it their way – but set up a system. Make sure that you are not overwhelming your child, the list should be manageable and have a time frame.
5. Lead by example
If you expect your children to take pride in their work, then you must set an example and take pride in the work you do. It is that simple. However, expressing this can be difficult. Let your kids know you are proud by making simple comments like, “I can’t believe how much I got accomplish today, just look at how clean the house is!” or “Don’t I look sharp in my polished leather shoes?”
6. Be supportive
After the task is complete, give them praise and constructive criticism. Do not point out their mistakes or highlight what they did wrong, this will only discourage them. Instead, work on cleaning the cleats together again and show them the proper way to do it.
This YouTube video shows you how to clean cleats correctly –
After all is said and done, do not help out or redo the work the child has done. This will only discourage them and may even cause them to rely on you to complete the task next time. It is important to check out your child’s work, but be careful to point out only the good things.
In the end, you want to make sure that your child is taking ownership of cleaning their cleats, without having to micro-manage them or nag. To avoid this, remember to use friendly reminders when children are learning something new, but in time you won’t have to do this. Hopefully, after they have learned how to clean their cleats correctly they will take pride in their work – and even show it off.