Answer by butterflyblue19 at 5:45 PM on May. 17, 2011
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Answer by SonyaNaomi at 7:46 PM on May. 17, 2011
My kids started picking up after themselves as soon as they could walk - for my first child that was at 9 months (she'd pick up a wrapper or something from her snack and I'd show her where the trash was and things like that). It's much easier teaching a child as he/she grows up where things belong and how to pick up rather than trying to teach them at 4 or 5, much less conflict. Now when I tell my 6 and 5 year olds to go clean their rooms they do it and I know it will get done without me having to hover. Even my 3 year old twins throw their dirty clothes into the hamper - they think it's fun. For a 5 year old learning to pick up their room I'd go over it a couple times, show him/her exactly where things go and what needs to be done - if they don't do it right or refuse they get a variety of punishments from losing toys and privileges to time out and being grounded.
Answer by anon1986East at 9:19 PM on May. 17, 2011
by being an adult and taking control of the situation.... positive reinforcement, a strict set of rules and a strict schedule.
Answer by JoLee12345 at 6:08 PM on May. 18, 2011