I've Created a Monster! When natural consequences go wrong
My three year old is just a messy kid. When he eats there's food all over him, the table and the floor. He is clumsy and dumps cups over drops stuff.
So I've been working on teaching him to clean up after himself. I put some dish clothes and Clorox wipes where he can get them and when he spills something he goes and cleans it.
This morning I walked into the room to find my coffee dumped all over the floor. The cup was on the counter, but the coffee was in the middle of the floor. As I stood pondering how this could have happened he comes around the corner dishcloth in hand saying, "Don't worry Mommy I'm cleaning it up!"
As he mopped up the spill I asked how the coffee got on the floor. His answer?
"I put it there! Cleaning is fun!! Now I clean it up!!!" with a big giant grin on his face.
Oops! I think my plan backfired a little.