My kid is crazy.. LOL

Shellie - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My baby is three, oops big boy. and I'm have a problem with him not wanting to clean his toys. So today i grew up and put them away, and i mean ALL of them. I'm so tired of him not minding me. and i know its my fault. and its time for me to be a BIG GIRL and do things right. I told him that his grounded from them. and it will be tommorw night tel he gets a few back. and he dont get them all. Is that mean of me? are i'm i doing the right thing?

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Coury - posted on 06/11/2009

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i always try to start possitive there are many songs you can make up with cleaning up. with soft toys play a game of shooting it into the basket you know make it to where they WANT to clean. however after a while if this does not work you have to go to the extreme sometimes! i have actually boxed up all of my kids things and took them outside to the trash. i didn't keep them there i got them later. but they had to "work" for them. you see i had to get a lil "crazy" it was to the point where i told them i would give them away. but they never believed me because they never saw it happen. girl you should see them pick up their toys now. all i do is ask them to please pick up their toys if they dont on the first try then i tell them they will be thrown away. mind you they are so close in age they really start to gain up on you at 3 and 4. this is what has worked for us they are really great at picking up their toys and i always praise them and tell them what an awesome job they did! good luck mama!

Lesley - posted on 06/11/2009

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hi i've got a three year old girl and yes she is crazy lol i put away a toy then she puts away a toy it takes for ever but the toys get put away just play music and make it into a game

Alison - posted on 06/11/2009

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Make a game of it. In a very positive, upbeat voice say, "Let's pick up our toys now! Yay! Come on... help Mommy!" Even sing as you go. Make up a funny song for picking up toys. Toddlers LOVE that stuff. Or you can make it a racing game... "Come on... hurry hurry, pick up our toys... Mommy's gonna beat you!" He's probably not ready to do it all on his own yet if he never has. And he may just want you around him so he knows if he doesn't do you, you have to which means he has your attention for that time. My son is the same way. He's 3, too. I always have to make it into a game! Eventually, they will learn that it's a privledge to have their toys and then the punishments will be more effective. Hope this helped.

Melissa - posted on 06/11/2009

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I tried and tried to get my kids to put there toys up after they were done with them. Mind you taking them to there room but after awhile of fighting I just gave up and got a toy

box for the living room where they spent most of there time. It was much easier to get them to put them up then.

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Carrie-Anne - posted on 06/12/2009

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Hi, I am a mom of 4 boys (born 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007) What I suggest and I encourage is to watch him play and when he is done with something don't let him tajke anything out until he puts what he is done with away. My third son just turned 3y. two days ago and he cleans up as well as my 18 month old. The other thing you can do is while you are getting meals ready or before you go out anywhere is say it is "clean up time" sing a clean up song, or put a speacial song on and race to clean up before the song is over, or use a timer that he can see so that he has 2 mins (depending how much is to clean up. Remeber clean up is no fun for anybody espeacially for a 3 year old, so make it fun.

Shellie - posted on 06/12/2009

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thank you so much.. all of these replys are great. I gave him 2 cars last night. and thats it. but this time i'm sticken to it. i will give him a box of them today.. I hope i'm doing good

Natasha - posted on 06/11/2009

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There is a really good clean up song that works well with kids. I went to school for child care and we sang that song in day cares. it worked lovely.

Melissa - posted on 06/11/2009

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You know that actually works. I had thought about that after I posted then came back to do so and you had already done. Many daycares use that method.

Rachael - posted on 06/11/2009

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I don't think it's mean but I'm not sure that at three they can understand the concept, couldn't hurt to try though. Good luck!

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