Julie - posted on 03/06/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )
My son, who will be four in April, will one night pick up all his toys with no problems and then a few nights later, refuse to pick them up. He'll tell me to do, but I don't. About one week ago, we picked up all of his toys and kept them from him for one entire day. After that he was good about picking up toys, but then again tonight, he refused to pick them up so we took them away again.
I should note that we give him a 5 minute warning that it will be time to pick up toys, then I put all of his toys in the family room (there is a bin there that they go in) and set a timer usually for 5 min, but tonight set it for 10 min and then leave the room. Usually he'll pick them up, but when he refuses, then when the timer goes off, he loses the privilege of playing with those toys for the entire next day. It wasn't until last week that I decided to take all the toys away and it did seem to work, but now I wonder. Any other ideas or am I on the right track and just need to stick with it?