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how do you get a 27 and 19 month old to lissen

neither one of my kids lissen to a word i say.....i cant get them to play in their rooms or even keep thier room half ass clean...they go through all their drawers and throw the clothes everywhere and yes i have put the child proof things on therre and my son somehow breakes them...what and how can i handle this

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Asked by jesslovesyou08 at 5:25 PM on Aug. 13, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • You need to play with them. They are still little. If you just put them in a room they will get into things. Get some toys out for them and play with them at least a few minutes so they see how to use the toys and then see if they get it. They don't understand keeping their room clean. You need to have toys away and you get out a few at time and then switch it up in about 15 or 20 minutes. They have a short attention span at that age.

    Answer by JamieLK at 5:28 PM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • Patience. make them be responsible for cleaning up their messes, let them know there are consequences to not listening (and follow through). patience. vodka. and more patience.

    Answer by silversmom at 5:29 PM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • They are way too young to understand...they will never do those kinds of things until they are much much disrespect...but how old are you hun?

    Answer by Cochise at 5:29 PM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • silvers

    Answer by Cochise at 5:30 PM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • 20...

    Comment by jesslovesyou08 (original poster) at 5:30 PM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • They are a little young to be doing what you are asking them to do, alone. 2 years old and a 1 1/2 year old. Will not do as a 4 and 5 year old.

    Answer by louise2 at 5:32 PM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • I think you are expecting a bit too much from them. They are still very young, and of course, they are going to get into things if you aren't watching them. They can be taught at this age to stay out of things while you are watching them. You tell them "no" and then you enforce the "no" if it becomes necessary. That's how you teach children to listen to and mind what you tell them. They are far too young to be expected to do anything more than perhaps help you pick up their toys. Children are not miniature adults. They have to be taught how to do everything they learn how to do. And that it is a full-time job for about 18 or so years. I really think you are expecting too much of your children at the ages they are now.

    Answer by NannyB. at 6:11 PM on Aug. 13, 2010

  • If they make a mess. They can clean up the mess. Do you have a clean up and put away song yet? If not make one up and any time that it's clean up time. Start singing it.

    Answer by elly25 at 6:41 PM on Aug. 13, 2010

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