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Ever run an obstacle course while simultaneously trying to herd cats, juggle flaming batons and recite the alphabet backward? Then you might have a good idea of what it’s like to take on a home renovation project while your kids are home.
It’s clumsy, messy and, at times, downright impossible. But involving your kids in home maintenance is a great way to keep an eye on them while making some much-needed updates to your home.
Plus, it allows you to spend quality family time together. Not to mention it offers your children an outlet for all of that excess energy. Here are several DIY home improvement projects that can be fun for the whole family.
Painting the Home’s Interior
Fittingly, many kids have experience with painting. While their proficiency may be limited to finger painting and simple brush strokes, they are still familiar with the concept. They would likely enjoy the opportunity to work with such a large canvas.
Just make sure mom or dad tapes up the baseboards and offers a quick tutorial on how to prevent dripping!
DIY Home Improvement by Removing Old Carpet
This DIY home improvement project is perfect for rowdy boys!
If your kids are more dexterous, they can use a rubber mallet or pry bar. Just make sure the pint-sized wrecking crew is equipped with safety gear, like eye protectors and gloves.
Kitchen Backsplashes Can be a Great DIY Home Improvement Project
This DIY home improvement project not only replete with artistic flair but can be completed by one child or through family teamwork. If you think they are up for it, they can even assist in tile placement and grouting.
Installation of the new range will cover any “oopsies” near the bottom of the mosaic tiles, but don’t forget to cover the range itself from potential “oh-no’s” to come.
Any costly or large-scale renovations, particularly those associated with a major appliance, is an investment. This means you should protect it with a trusted home warranty to cover any repair or replacement costs, especially when you have children.
For home renovations and improvements you have in the works, keep in mind that it may be easier (and more fun) to involve your children in the work, rather than trying to work around them. Just remember safety comes first. All of mommy’s little helpers should be supervised at all times to prevent mishaps and messes!
Keep your children involved in the DIY home improvement project from start to end, prep to clean-up, and those home improvement projects you have in mind could evolve from tedious to treasured memories.
What home improvement projects do your kids like to help with?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.