Naptime Only Time to Clean

Heather - posted on 03/04/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Does anyone else have a toddler that doesnt allow much time for you or cleaning? I can do laundry and dishes while she is awake but almost everything else is a mad dash when she lays down. Somethings it is because she is to helpful and into it and others because then she is in another room destroying it and giving me more to do.

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Jennifer - posted on 03/08/2009

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My 2 year old never takes naps, and I have a 5yr old who comes home at lunchtime.  My 9 yr old does not like to help much.  I have about 2.5 hours of solid cleaning time in the morning.  I have created a chart for myself for each day a different major task that needs to be completed i.e. Monday, kitchen deep cleaning day.  Meanwhile I rotate toys, so I just get out an activity that she has not seen in a while and usually that will keep her busy.  As for the daily tiding I just wait until everyone goes to bed and take an hour to pick everything up and put all things away. 



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Kate CP - posted on 03/05/2009

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She may be bored with the same tasks she used to have fun with. Try re-organizing her toys and have her put them away. Let her help you sort clothes for washing (great for helping her learn colors!) and get her involved with the new stuff for the baby. I may even get her a baby doll she can love and care for while you do the same with your new one. I may also make trips to the bathroom a...uhh...group exercise. Make it fun! My sister managed to instill a new song into my daughter which she sings whenever (and where ever) we are and she needs to go: sung to the tune of a conga "let's go to the pot-ty!" It was cute at first. ;)

Heather - posted on 03/05/2009

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She used to be so helpful but right now she isnt AT ALL!  Unless you count climbing on counter shaking all the salt out, smearing soap all over mirrors, etc...she has reached the age she can reach ANYTHING or find a way to get it.  I am due in May and she uses my bathroom trips to get into everything.  She does put dishes in dishwasher and picks up toys.  She used to hand me laundry but now throws the hole basket on my lap at once and runs to do her thing.  Sweeping and mopping are a naptime only she used to sweep but now just drags her feet threw the pile or which ever direction she is going.  She is to the point I require her to sit in the shower so I know where she is (she likes it...most days).  I am thinking terrible twos could be a long year.  She is just to smart!  We do time out for anything dangerous and for climbing on counters but she knows how to get down as fast as up so we dont always catch her in the act.  I love the advice and I will try having her help more again she is just so quick and active!

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Have her help you. Make sure you are either giving high fives or hugs and kisses for helping. Toddlers are awesome for wanting to help most of the time. They have there bad days like we all do, but I have found with my 20 month old that she loves to help with most everything. She is actually pretty good about picking up her toys also. She helps us vacuum, cleans floors (usually a paper towel w/ water or baby wipe), helps us with clothes by handing them to us. She's awesome about it and all that I hear is that if you don't let them help they won't want to do it when they are older. And baby number two is due Mothers Day so any extra help, I will take. (The chores will still be there tomorrow, so especially as the pg goes on, I worry a little less about it! Don't kill yourself being PG!)  Besides the fact we are trying to sell our condo, and obviously then buy another home. So I would just try to see what she would be willing to help you with; I think you may be pleasantly surprised! Good Luck though! Toddlers are so fun!

Jennifer - posted on 03/05/2009

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My 1 year old (who is walking / running)naps once a day for 2 hours. Thats dishes and laundry. Vaccuming has to be done while awake. Also I am tired by 1:00 and want to relax a little. I can't imagine life with 2 kids

Kate CP - posted on 03/04/2009

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Yea, that's my 3 year old. She really wants to "help" me sweep and put dishes away...so I let her. She has a broom that is just her size and she gets to put all her dishes away (they're all plastic and go in a cupboard where she can reach them). She even helps me with laundry! They love to do the grown up stuff and if you encourage them to do it now it won't be such a fight to do their chores when they are older. :)

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