Top 10 Reasons You Should Let Your Child Have A Messy Room

1. It can enhance your child’s balance and coordination skills. As they have to weave around the objects on their floor, leap into bed, and scale the mound of clothes without slipping.

2. Memory skills are improved. As your child struggles to remember where they left their library book, under the bed or maybe on the desk, they are working their memory. After all doesn’t every parent want his or her child to develop a good memory?

3. Handyperson skills are developed. As they learn the fine art of unjamming a drawer that is stuffed too full of clothes. This could come in handy when they are a parent themselves.

4. The art of positive thinking is learned. As they think to themselves, “This room looks great. I know where everything is. I like it this way. It reflects who I am.” In some cases this art is very finely developed.

5. They learn the power of persuasion as they convince parents and siblings to help them clean. This lesson is especially potent when they share a room with a sibling.

6. The idea that they have their own rights, space, and privacy is established. They learn that their room is a place where “parents won’t violate their values and standards of cleanliness.” If you can even say messy room and cleanliness in the same sentence?

7. They learn how to push their parent’s buttons and that having a messy room is a big button.

8. They learn creative thinking as they establish their own system of orderliness, which is undetectable to the average parent’s eyes.

9. If they do decide to clean their room they will learn the art of discrimination, “sorting dirty clothes from clean ones or useful junk from garbage junk.”

10. They teach parents valuable lessons like how to “mediate a cooperative non-violent cleaning effort” and “that learning cannot be imposed from without because it only has true value when it comes from within.”

Some of the thoughts were borrowed from Linda A. Boulter in her article titled Natural Child: Parenting and Educating That Respects Children.

See related blogs:

Why Does Your Teen Have a Messy Room?

Combating A Messy Room

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Teresa McEntire grew up in Utah the oldest of four children. She currently lives in Kuna, Idaho, near Boise. She and her husband Gene have been married for almost ten years. She has three children Tyler, age six, Alysta, four, and Kelsey, two. She is a stay-at-home mom who loves to scrapbook, read, and of course write. Spending time with her family, including extended family, is a priority. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and currently works with the young women. Teresa has a degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University and taught 6th grade before her son was born. She also ran an own in-home daycare for three years. She currently writes educational materials as well as blogs for Families.com. Although her formal education consisted of a variety of child development classes she has found that nothing teaches you better than the real thing. She is constantly learning as her children grow and enjoys sharing that knowledge with her readers.