Making the beds
When kids are younger than school age – they will need your assistance. Even if they par-take – like put the pillows on the bed nicely, pull up the doona, put their toys on, for example.
A good time to make it a routine is when school starts so it becomes second nature and what is done as part of the school routine.
It is important to praise your child for trying. Remember age appropriate behaviours – they are not going to make the bed perfectly.
To help get them started you could say if they help with yours – you will help them with theirs. There are a lot of incentives to make it a fun, family exercise. A reward could be you making your child’s bed on the weekend for a while. The child could earn a bed toy for good bed making.
Making bunk beds, or beds up against the wall are more challenging – show your child easy tips that you have picked up. For example, pulling the bed away from the wall.
After the bed is made say: “What an awesome job you have done!” and at bed time say: “ Isn’t it nice to hop into a nicely made bed”…I bet they smile. The smile is because they are proud of themself, you are proud of them and they feel snuggly in their bed.