The word toddler and the word clean don’t mix. They are human tornadoes causing chaos everywhere they go. You clean and clean and by the end of the day the house looks the same. When you ask you little for help you can’t get them to want to do it. Here are a few tips to help to get your kiddo to tiddy up.
Toddler have an incredible capacity to make a mess. They'll strew the entire contents of their toy shelves onto the floor in a blink of the eye (or so it seems). And, frustratingly, they seem to enjoy the chaos; having their things at close hand, where they can be touched and played with, intensifies the fun and gives them sense of security.
Here are some tips that may help with your Clean Bandits:
1. Have a cleaning schedule: Making a schedule for anything is always a good plan. When it comes to you little one it's easier said than done. I make a color coded schedule for Bastian and I also give him stickers (that he picked) to mark what he has completed. With that I set a time block for cleaning each day. He knows that block purple is cleaning time. He learns colors and time which helps when they understand it. Another good time is to make more than one cleaning block.
2. Use timers with a reward system: After making the cleaning schedule that suits your schedule. I like to set timers for myself to remind me of the cleaning blocked out times and to keep cleaning within the time period. Bastian knows when he hears the timer go off he needs to be finished with the task. Make the task reasonable with the time. When they have too much to do they get instantly defended. You'll deal with crying more of the cleaning time than movement. Pick and choose your battles.
3. Have a place for everything: I label everything for Bastian and color coordinated the places they belong. This makes him excited to put things away just to match them. I turned it into a matching game that we play at the end of the day. When he sees everything away he has a sense of achievement. Only let them play in certain areas to contain the mess. When they are allowed to bring toys all over the house it makes it harder to get them to focus on the areas they need to clean if it's all of them.
Hey if it gets to be too much buy some tools that help like a Roomba that thing will follow your kid around like it was it's job. It'll give you one less thing to do at the end of your long day!
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