the following is an excerpt taken from Ellen Niz's article:
"Moms always sit around and dream about cleaning help," says Carol Paul, author of Team Clean: The Ultimate Family Clean-Up-The-House Formula. "'I wish I could have a maid who could be here all the time to help me or at least come in once a week.' I'm like, 'Okay, you have these people who live in your house with you; they're here every day. Why don't you just figure out a way to use them?' Kids want to help."
Paul and her family started Team Clean 15 years ago, donning their cleaning "uniforms" (grubby clothes) and spending 45 minutes every Thursday evening cleaning the house as a family—they've never missed one! Now, even though her four kids are grownups living out of the house, they still return home to help clean their parents' home once a week.
"It became like a family tradition," she says. "It's the one night a week we ordered out for dinner and sat around and watched a TV show together. It was family night in the end."
To start your own Team Clean, Paul suggests coming up with a list of what needs to be done once a week, breaking it into jobs children can do, assigning one or two jobs to each family member, and then teaching them how to do it. "Whatever you have them doing, teach the job correctly the first time," she says. "Have patience with them and give it to them in two or three short, simple steps."
"It's all right to relax your standards, too," Paul adds. "Do you want your kid to end up helping you for the rest of his life? Then make the standards right for his age instead of being so particular that you're not going to get any help at all, ever. Praise them for doing a good job."
Try to do Team Clean the same day and time each week, Paul suggests. "Kids need to know what's coming," she says. "Don't just spring it on them because you're in the mood to clean—and don't have a never-ending to-do list."
Paul prefers scheduling Team Clean for a weekday night to free up weekends and avoid the urge to add to the list of things to be accomplished.
"You're trying to get help, but you're also doing such a good thing for your kid at the same time," she says. "You want to create a family tradition, you want to teach life lessons, and you want to build confidence in your child."
We've compiled a list of Team Clean-approved jobs that take advantage of kids' love of spray bottles and dusters—and how much closer to the floor they are than you—to get them to help you clean the house.
READ FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.parenting.com/family-time/home/10-easy-cleaning-jobs-kids-will-actually-help-you?page=10
the following is an excerpt taken from Sarah Brooks article:
"You read that right. Carol Paul, author of The Team Clean, spends just 40 minutes per week on home maintenance. Married with four kids, they all spend one night per week on different chores — including washing all the sheets and towels, vacuuming and cleaning all the floors, cleaning the bathrooms, tidying the kids' rooms, disinfecting the kitchen and more! Afterwards, they spend time bonding as a family and eating dinner. This system has worked for them for more than 13 years and has alleviated the stress that comes with keeping up a home."
for full article: http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/1006895/how-much-time-do-you-spend-maintaining-your-home
the following is an excerpt taken from Sophie Petit's article:
"Ten years ago, Carol Paul of Bowie struggled to get her son, Bucky, to help clean their house. By the time he was in his 20s, she said, he was coming home from college once a week just to help out — thanks to a cleaning “system” Paul and her husband created. She is sharing that system in her new book."
“I would ride my bike 15 miles back home, so it was kind of like a cool way to get home once a week and spend time with my family. You didn’t really think twice about the cleaning,” said Bucky Paul, now 23. He recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, and lives in Baltimore.
the following is an excerpt taken Superior Books December Newsletter:
If you really want to make Mom happy this holiday season, give her the help she needs around the house and join in to create a fun and meaningful family event.
Author Carol Paul knows all about teamwork, having spent more than twenty years involved in her father Coach Wooten’s basketball camps. And she knows what it is to have family members not behave like team players.
For years, she tried to keep the house clean on her own, and she tried hiring maids, only to have to clean before they came. Tired of this situation, she realized if a maid service could clean her house in an hour or two a week, there was no reason why her family of six could not do the same.
And so the Team Clean formula was born.
I don’t want to reveal all of Carol’s secrets for how to get your spouse and children to help you clean, and more than clean, enjoy it as part of a regular weekly activity. I don’t want to reveal the secrets because I really believe you will not only benefit from reading this book, but you’ll come to enjoy cleaning with your family yourself.
the following is a book review by Tyler Tichelaar at Blog Critics:
for full article: http://blogcritics.org/book-review-team-clean-by-carol-paul/
the following is an excerpt taken from Marguerite Kelly's Family Almanac Column:
...."This all may seem overwhelming to the young, but they can do it easily and quickly if you follow the detailed advice that Carol Paul gives in "Team Clean" (Aviva, $20) The author, her husband and their four children have been spending an hour a week cleaning their house ever since their youngest was 4 and then they treat themselves to an inexpensive takeout supper. Families bond in many ways, and this is one of the best.
Get your spouse and kids
TO DO MORE
than take out the trash!!
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