How to Get Kids to Clean Their Room

If you’re a parent to a kid, of pretty much any age, you know how much of a nightmare it can be trying to get them to clean their room. You cleaned it last time, and the time before that, but you swore you wouldn’t do it again, it’s time for them to do it themselves. When the time comes, you can try some of these tips to help get your kids cleaning their own room.

Set the Standards

Multiple times now I have told my kids to clean their room only to hear, “but mom, it’s already clean”. Upon which I go and inspect the room, only to find all of the trash stuffed under the bed and clothes crammed into the closet. It’s not hard to imagine kids and adults having different standards of clean this is why you need to lay down clear standards on what it means to have a clean room.

For me, this means sitting down and making a list with my kids, which is what I recommend you doing too. Make a detailed list of everything that needs to be done, such as:

  • Pick up trash
  • Making the bed
  • Put dirty clothes in the hamper (this step can include actually washing the clothes for older kids)
  • Vacuuming

This helps you can your child stay on the same page and have the same standards of “clean”.

Clean Together

I have found that it is easier to begin by cleaning together. Get them help with small things around the house. Then, start on their room and clean it top to bottom with them. Show them how you expect things to be done, and then give them a chance to do it.

You may have to clean together multiple times, and that’s totally fine, as long as you are not the only one cleaning. Cleaning with your child can be a great bonding and learning experience for both of you.

Let Them Decorate Their Own Room

Letting them choose how their room is set up will give them a sense of ownership and pride in their room. This makes them more likely to clean it and keep it clean. If they have a room that they really like, they’ll always wants it in the best condition. Obviously, don’t go crazy and totally remodel their room and install a jungle gym, but moving around furniture is free and relatively easy.

There are tons of little things you can let your child do to personalize their room and give them a sense of pride. It’s also a lot easier to get them to clean a room they want to clean than it is to fight with them, and sometimes parenting is about compromising.

Throw Out Junk

One reason your kid’s room is always a mess might be because they have too much stuff. Sometimes throwing stuff out can be harder than cleaning, but it is important to be firm and explain to your child that they have too much stuff. Explain that if they haven’t used it in the past month, it probably isn’t worth keeping.

If your child is hell bent against throwing out some of his toys, explain donating them. I basically told my children, “you haven’t used this toy in so long, don’t you think it wants to be played with? If we donate it we can have room for more toys, and another little kid will get to play with it and it’ll make them soo happy.” That did the trick for me, but you might have to be a little more creative.

Set an Example for Your Kids

Whether it is keeping your room clean, or eating vegetables, the last thing you want is for your kid to call you out on your hypocrisy, “but mom, you didn’t blah blah blah”. It can be embarrassing and definitely weakens whatever argument you are trying to make, so set a good example for your kids.

4 Tips Beginners Can Use To Grow A Beard

Trends come and go, but beards are timeless. Beards can turn a baby face into a rugged, manly face. They may be difficult to maintain, but starting one can be even harder. For some men, facial hair seems to grow and grow and never stop. For others, facial hair may only grow in certain spots, and do so very slowly. If you are trying to get your beard started, don’t get discouraged.

Don’t Shave

You have probably heard that if you want your hair to grow, whether it is on your head or on your face, that you have to trim it regularly. This will only work up to a certain point though. At some point, you are just prolonging the beard growing process instead of speeding it up. When you are first getting started it can be tempting to shave because your beard probably will not come in even and it may even be pretty scraggly. But whatever you do, don’t shave! It will look less than perfect for a little bit, but it should correct itself. And if it does not correct itself, eventually you can trim and shape it, but in the beginning, do not shave.

If this is really proving to be too difficult, just throw your razor away or hide it somewhere you do not look every day. When I first started growing my beard, it was itchy and I wanted to shave it so bad. Each morning when I brushed my teeth, I saw my razor sitting by my sink and each day I thought about shaving it. Eventually, I hid my razor so I did not think about it, and that seemed to do the trick.

Workout

Not that you really needed another reason to hit the gym, believe it or not, lack of exercise could be what’s holding you back from the full, perfect beard of your dreams. Exercise, of any kind, will promote circulation throughout your body, which will in turn promote hair growth. This is true for both beard hair and the hair on your head. Try to exercise regularly, at least 3 or 4 times a week, and make sure you get your heart pumping!

If you are already a very active person, that’s great, you’re already one step closer. There is really no need to work out even more, do not push yourself too hard and over exhaust yourself. Just be sure to keep doing your regular routine and stay active. If you are not already active, a good place to start might be a quick 20 or 30 minute jog each day. You want to make sure you get your heart rate up, this is how you know blood is getting circulated really well. If jogging is not your thing, there is an endless number of exercises you can do, so do whatever works best for you.

Eat Better

Surprise! Diet and exercise go together in more way than one. If you are trying to grow your beard, exercising more and eating better will definitely boost beard growth. Make sure to cut out all the junk and eat as healthy as you can. Make sure to get plenty of protein from various sources, do not get all of your daily protein from red meat. Instead, mix it up with chicken, fish, leafy greens, broccoli, nuts, carrots, and legumes. A well balanced diet is key to a healthy beard.

Be Patient

Like I said earlier, beard hair grows in at different rates for everybody. Some men will have almost a full beard after not shaving for a week, while others will only have a little bit of stubble after shaving for a week. So, if you are getting frustrated waiting for your beard to grow and fill in, just be patient. There is no magic answer or overnight solution, growing a beard is a process. It may feel like forever, but once you get that beard, the wait is worth it.

Other Things to Keep in Mind

This is by no means a complete guide on how to grow your beard. This is just a few quick tips that you can do right away, without spending money. These tips are a great place to start, but on your journey, you may choose to take additional steps as well. For example, you may choose to use various products on your beard that are intended to promote growth, or reduce itchiness, and that is perfectly fine. As you go along, you will learn more and more about growing and maintaining your beard, but throughout it all, keep these tips in mind and you will have great success growing your beard.

Tips on How to Stop Hair Loss in Men and Women

MASSAGE YOUR HEAD — Rub your head when you wash your hair. The rubbing action boosts blood circulation which brings nutrients to the scalp. And use a lavender scented shampoo! Breathing in the soothing aroma helps relieve stress which in turn helps reduce hair loss.

TAKE LYSINE — Women who increase their intake of the amino acid lysine can see a marked improvement in hair growth within 4 months. Lysine makes ferritin, an iron storing protein that maximizes hair growth. Lysine also reduces anxiety. Lysine can be found with in the vitamin section of any store.

TAKE FISH OIL SUPPLEMENTS — Fish oil supplements are one of the cheapest supplements you can buy and are not only wonderful for healthy hair growth but for your health in general. You can buy fish oil pills in the vitamin section of practically any store and you can get them coated so there is no fishy after taste.

TAKE B VITAMINS — B vitamins help reduce stress and are also needed to manufacture keratin, the fibrous protein that forms healthy hair. For shiny, healthy hair and more inner calm be sure you get an ample supply of B vitamins folate and B12 either by eating salmon, yogurt and eggs or by taking a daily supplement. Ask your doctor how much is right for you.

SNACK ON NUTS — A handful of nuts now and then are a good way to promote hair growth since they provide essential fatty acids. Oily nuts like walnuts and almonds are a good choice. Keep some in a baggie in your purse or pocket and snack on them throughout the day.

EAT PROTEIN — Protein is required to grow hair cells. Lean proteins such as lean beef, chicken and fish are your best bet. Oily fish like salmon and mackerel is also a very good choice, not only for healthy hair but also for a healthy heart.

EAT FRESH FRUITS AND VEGGIES — Eating fresh fruits and vegetables every day will give you a nice variety of the vitamins you need to promote healthy hair growth. Munch on raw vegetables and fruits when you can. Dark leafy greens are always a good choice not only for hair health but for complete health.

DRINK WATER — One of the easiest ways to help promote hair growth and to keep the hair you already have on your head is to drink plenty of water. You need to stay hydrated! Keep a water bottle with you at all times and sip on water throughout the day. This is not only great for your hair but also great for your diet too!