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Jerry - posted on 01/18/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am a 55 year old stay @ home dad with 3 1/2 year old twin boys. any ideas on how to get them to at least pick up some of their toys?

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Michelle - posted on 01/19/2016

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They are still young, consistency is the key. You keep doing it and they will eventually understand.
At this age they do learn to push the boundaries and you need to make sure they know that you are the boss. Maybe let them know that if they don't tidy up then they don't get something they like. It's all about finding the currency that works for your children. They don't come with a manual, it's trial and error.

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Sarah - posted on 01/19/2016

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True, consistency and creativity will be the most effective. You can also try putting on or singing a clean up song. A made up one may even work better, you can use their names and make it really silly. Another option if they don't respond to the fun methods is to tell them, no snack or no video until you help pick up. Set low expectations; each picks up three toys and hooray! Time for snack! You are at a tough age where they are going to control what they can control, and push the limits as far as they can..

Jerry - posted on 01/19/2016

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I've tried this and they are not interested. I've tried in different ways also. Who can get the most, who is the fastest, I'll pick up this room and you 2 pick up this room, I'll pick up all of these and you 2 pick up that. Just doesn't work. This may work with 1 child but not my twins.

Thank you though for your response

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/18/2016

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Yep, make it a game. Games work for almost any desired action at this age! Good luck with those twins!

Michelle - posted on 01/18/2016

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Make it a game and do it with them. "race" them to see who can put away the most toys in a set time. Children of this age won't do it on their own, they will do it if you are as well.

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