Log In Sign Up

How do you get your toddler/preschooler to clean up after themselves?


Forum: Attachment Parenting

Notices

Welcome to the JustMommies Message Boards.

We pride ourselves on having the friendliest and most welcoming forums for moms and moms to be! Please take a moment and register for free so you can be a part of our growing community of mothers. If you have any problems registering please drop an email to boards@justmommies.com.

Our community is moderated by our moderation team so you won't see spam or offensive messages posted on our forums. Each of our message boards is hosted by JustMommies hosts, whose names are listed at the top each board. We hope you find our message boards friendly, helpful, and fun to be on!

Reply Post New Topic
  Subscribe To Attachment Parenting LinkBack Topic Tools Search this Topic Display Modes
  #1  
August 7th, 2009, 08:56 AM
Platinum Supermommy
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 6,966
I was wondering what you all do. I have been letting this go. Jonathan will have toys all over the floor and I would not have him clean them up. Well I have decided I really need to get on this. This morning he dumped blocks all over the floor. He went to get his trucks and I told him he needs to clean up his blocks before he moves unto the next toy. I of course sat on the floor and "helped" him.. I am hoping that if I keep up with this the kids will do it on there own. I am sick of constantly having to pick up after them. I want to get them used to cleaning up after themselves within reason while they are still young.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
August 7th, 2009, 10:03 AM
MommaNator's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 2,773
DD started showing an interest in cleaning up and helping around 18 months and we encouraged it as much as possible. Now that she is 2, she does not want to clean up sometimes but she knows that she is supposed to, for example, before bathtime. I tell her that it is time to clean up and I start cleaning up, but I ask for her help and point out specific things (like "please get the Lego that is under the piano") and she will do them. Once she sees me throwing Legos into the bucket, she usually can't resist. So DH and I help her clean up as long as she is picking up too. Sometimes we have to remind her throughout the process that we are cleaning up, not playing. If DD refuses to clean up, we sometimes use time out. We do have to be consistent about DD helping to clean up, because if we are not she will refuse. This way, it is a habit.

Good luck! It will be hard at first but if you establish a very consistent expectation of cleaning up, soon it should be habit for the boys.
__________________

Thanks Julie_aka_Mommy!



Last edited by MommaNator; August 7th, 2009 at 10:05 AM. Reason: DD submitted post before I was done!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
August 7th, 2009, 10:07 AM
Platinum Supermommy
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 6,966
Thanks... I have just been kind of lazy about it. Thought after I had Jonathan clean his blocks up he started cleaning up other toys.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
August 7th, 2009, 12:01 PM
sunshine411's Avatar Let's go MAVS!!!!
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Where everything is bigger....
Posts: 5,894
with the girls we would sing the clean up song, they learned it from my daycare. Every kid I have ever known who hears it starts to clean up, its crazy.

Clean up clean up
Everybody Everywhere
Clean up clean up
Everybody do your share

sing it in a sing song voice while helping him pickup. Kids love it for some reason.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
August 8th, 2009, 09:40 AM
broxi3781's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: belfast, northern ireland
Posts: 1,563
Anyone have any ideas to get dh to clean up after himself? He's worse then teh kids!
Ian is only one, so i try to play a game of throwing things in the bag or box, but if he doesnt want to, i do it myself.
I still pick up after billy often, mostly the odd things, but something like a big pile of blocks cars etc.. he ahs his choice, he can pick it up himself or I will pick it up, but i will put it away for awhile and he wont be able to use if.
Dh is soo much help though - NOT. he told Billy "If God wanted you to pick things up he wouldnt have made women" Ok he's not really serious, he's an athiest but that is still about his attitude. Oh well, i love him anyway, as I always say if aft er 10 years and everything we've been through we still love eachother and want to be together, warts and all, well thats true romance to me
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #6  
August 9th, 2009, 04:03 PM
beck12's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 12,330
I don't have much to add except that you are right that consistency is key. I find that if I even do a couple of days of hurrying & picking up without asking for help...I get resistance next time I want help. He calls it "pickle up" which I think is too dang cute. We sing a "clean it up" song from Yo Gabba Gabba & that seems to motivate him & we race & I tell him I am beating him at "pickle up".
__________________
B - Crazy momma to my two boys
We've begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters. ~Gloria Steinem

If a man has been his mother's undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it. ~Sigmund Freud
My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune. ~Graycie Harmon
Don't wait to make your son a great man - make him a great boy. ~Author Unknown
You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes. ~Walter M. Schirra, Sr.
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish Proverb
Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. ~Erich Fromm
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it. - Harold Hulbert
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. ~William Makepeace Thackeray
God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers. ~Jewish Proverb
The best conversations with mothers always take place in silence, when only the heart speaks. ~Carrie Latet




Reply With Quote
  #7  
August 9th, 2009, 05:17 PM
Veteran
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 394
i just say that i like the house clean and it makes me happy so please clean up now and they do, usually. when they don't i let them know it makes me unhappy to clean up other peoples messes by myself. this works for us, but we've always used similar approaches and parent based on high-connection so even though i do have some very strong willed children this seems to work most of the time because strong willed as they are they still like a happy mommy *smiles*
Reply With Quote
  #8  
August 19th, 2009, 05:42 AM
Xx5Xy1+'s Avatar What's your superpower?
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
Posts: 1,428
We use the same song as Naomi and it works *most* of the time. Sometimes all I have to say is "time for pick up pick up" and my 3 year old starts singing the song and both the little ones start picking up.... sometimes they will each pick up one toy and go hide in their bedroom so they don't have to keep picking up in the living room lol
__________________

Thank you 3Daughters for my AWESOME siggy!


Hoping to add a new member to our family through adoption in August 2011
~*~
I am a sleep deprived, pro-life, homebirth supporting, babywearing, extended breast feeding, cloth diapering, non-vaxing, attachment parenting, conservative thinking, Constitution defending, gun owning, Torah learning, US Army Veteran who is married to her hero... A US Army Soldier! If this offends you, then stop reading my signature!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
August 30th, 2009, 01:26 PM
Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,516
There are three things that have helped.

1. her personality....my daughter loves to clean
2. her school....she was in daycare until recently when I became a SAHM and they sang a clean up song
3. Little Bill tv show on Noggin. He also had a zoopity zoo clean up song she LOVES
Reply With Quote
Reply

Topic Tools Search this Topic
Search this Topic:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:03 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0