I've tried it all..singing a song, asking like a broken record, offering a special treat, and when that didn't work, threatening to take toys or privileges, taking the toys and/or privileges, even spanking. NOTHING WORKS!! I am starting to really lose my temper, and I just don't know how to get through to my kids!! They won't clean up unless I "help" them, which means me helping them clean the mess they made... I told them they are too old for that now, and that if they can make the mess, they can clean it up. They don't take me seriously and will not obey. My DH comes home and asks why I can't control a 5 yr old and a 3 yr old.... I don't know either.Answer Question
Answer by genagina at 8:28 PM on Jan. 13, 2011
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Answer by buella at 10:24 PM on Jan. 13, 2011
I have told my four year old this since he was two: It is your choice Sweet Pea, if you want to keep your toys because you like them then you will clean them up and put them back into their proper home. If you don't want them....I understand. I will give them to a family that does want them. All it took was a few times of putting away his toys he left out to make him a believer. But I also never gave his cars back he did leave out. I used to help him pick up and expected him to do it with me. At four, he is old enough to do it by himself. No need to yell or get frustrated. Only take the toys left out. I let him notice that the toy is gone. I don't even say anything. When he asks where it went, I tell him. Sure there will be crying and the end of the world sob. But a few times after that....you are good to go.
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