Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Teaching Kids to Clean Up After Themselves

If anyone has any tips or tricks, I'm all ears.

I don't understand how the twins, at seven years old, cannot figure out that they need to put things away when they're done with them...and not haphazardly either.

Their playroom is in our basement.  It's unfinished and rarely used and so I don't have to look at the mess every day.  I KNOW that this is part of the reason it ends up looking like a bomb went off; but, why?

When Mr. Twingle or I clean it, everything has its place.  Barbies go in one bin, cars in another and so on.  Why do they feel it necessary to dump out every. single. bin each time they play?

Just two days ago, they were asked to clean it up.  Because it was so bad, I just wanted it cleaned and told them I didn't care where the toys went as long as they were put away.  Little did I know, that they would take this to mean dirty dishes and video tapes, not in cases, could randomly be tossed in heaping piles on the bottom shelves.

Am I being ridiculous thinking that if I organize things for them that it will make it easier to clean up when they're done?  Should I just let it go and say "kids will be kids"?

I just don't know what to do anymore.  It's become a constant battle; one, I'm tired of waging.  I don't want to get angry over this anymore.  They don't take care of anything and so when they ask for things like a Nintendo DS, I flat out tell them NO and explain that until they learn to take care of their belongings they are not getting anything that needs to be treated with care and respect.

I don't want to be one of these moms that does everything for their kids.  I want them to learn to do things for themselves.  I've tried reward charts and allowances...none of it seems to work.

Sigh...

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