In today’s Keiki Corner, we learned the importance of children learning how to declutter and clean. Theresa Wee, M.D., President and Owner of Wee Pediatrics Inc., joined us with more on that and tips on how to get our young ones started. 

Dr. Wee shared, “As parents, we must model this behavior of decluttering/cleaning so we can serve as an example for them to follow. Start this learning process at an early age. Introduce the concept of chores as early as three years of age. Everyone in the family should contribute to the process, based on their age level skills. Decluttering & deep cleaning should not be a once-a-year event, but rather a regular part of the household cleaning schedule. Have a family garage sale and reward children for their efforts of decluttering and cleaning.”

 Tips to get children started on decluttering and cleaning:

·         Buy clear bins of different sizes for children to sort their toys and other items.

·         Rotate toys or buy only space saving toys.

·         Donate toys, clothes, books, etc., they have outgrown or no longer play with.

·         Have a family discussion on a regular family cleanup/decluttering schedule.

·         Get toys off the floor, get child-sized furniture to work on. Also use walls and vertical surfaces for easels or bookshelves.

To get connected with Dr. Wee, visit walkwithadoc.org.

For parents, milestones matter! Skills such as taking first steps, saying first words and smiling for the first time are all developmental milestones that happen at different stages of a child’s life.

Understanding your child’s changing growth and development is important and the Department of Health is here to help. All you have do is go online and visit keikicheckup.com for the Milestone Moments Booklet and Tracker app. There you will find a checklist that lists out the milestones to look for. Be sure to bring this along with you to your next doctor check-up. It’s got great questions and talking points to go over with your child’s pediatrician.

How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most keiki can do by a certain age. Learn more at KeikiCheckup.com.