How do i convince my 2 and 3 year old that cleaning up is fun???

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User - posted on 03/04/2010

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found a trick that works. go to a cheap shop and buy a some cheap stuff. put in a box where the kids can't get to. and make a reward chart. when they do something good they get a sticker. when they get 10 stickers they get to pick 1 thing out of the box. but don't make them too easy to earn or too hard

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Janet - posted on 03/04/2010

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I get them pumped up about it by talking it up for a few minutes before we clean up. Then, we sing a song while we're cleaning. My boys are 19 months and almost 3. The older one is better at the game. When all else fails, Go Diego Go privileges are revoked until the toys are cleaned up. It's our nightly ritual.

Louise - posted on 03/04/2010

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Make tidy up time into a game with a reward at the end. Tell your son/daughter that if you tidied up 10 things really fast you would have time for an activity that they like doing for example a story. Or see how fast we can tidy up today and count slowly as you tidy. Make a chart with stickers today it took us to 20 to tidy up and try to beat it through the week. Children as young at two are competative and love rewards. Hope this helps.

Amy - posted on 03/02/2010

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we just started doing chores and having her help out once she was old enough. when she was 2 she was helping put plastic plates on the table. daughter is 3 and just kinda does it. i guess just let them know that they can't do this or that until it's clean. the faster you clean, the faster you can play. make it a race. whoever gets chore done best or first wins. you can even just make ribbons for the winner out of construction paper. worked with my neice. she refuse to clean because "it's mommy's job". oh no it's not!!!

if the toy isn't picked up - take it away. pretty soon the house will be toy free one way or another!! maybe there are too many toys and they just don't know where to start. try picking up red things first or blue things. i don't believe in offering money to do chores. no one pays me. it's just a part of life that needs done.the reward is that you've done a good job cleaning and it makes you and others happy to be in a clean home.

Annie - posted on 03/02/2010

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We turn up the music and dance our way through it. I wouldn't make it through clean up with out it and the kids attempts to resist are futile.lol They love music and they love to dance. Their favorites are fast upbeat songs from the Beatles and Elvis. I never liked them until my kids did and in the process I spend time with the kids, everyone is happy, the house gets cleaned, and I burn a few calories to top it off. I am also big on we are a family and we work together as a team. We all make messes even mommy and daddy so we all help to make the house clean and I lead by example by jumping in on the dancing and cleaning with them. That also helps with the "But I didn't play with that toy" arguments. We are a family and we take care of each other and if we don't clean the house it is dirty and cluttered. Then someone like your sibling might trip on something left on the floor and get hurt. (we have had plenty of those for teaching moments) Then when we are done and out of breathe we fall on the couch and look around at what we did. I can totally see that they feel that self satisfaction you get from doing a good job. Just keep it positive.

Jesica - posted on 03/02/2010

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The clean up song did work for a while but then they just didn't care anymore so I tried putting them in time out needless to say there are about 3 trash bags of toys in the garage and I still have to fight with them to pick up after themselves. they will put thhier dirty dishes and clothes where thhey go but they don't want to pick up thier toys. I am at a loss with it. I think we will try designating buckets for certian things and if that don't work I don't know what else to do.

User - posted on 03/01/2010

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i have the same problem and i have tried all of those but my daughter still won't help and she doesn't care if her toys are put up as she will just go outside and play. we have even tried offering her a couple of dollars or a new toy and it doesn't work

Bonnie - posted on 03/01/2010

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I always sing a clean up song and help him. Sometimes he tries to fight it, but most times when he sees me et going with it he joins in.

I even have a small vaccum for him so when we clean up toys we vaccum the room together.

Natalie - posted on 03/01/2010

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The simplest is to break it down into simple tasks, make putting things away easy. Make everything within reach, and clearly labeled. Make it so that a toy, once put away, is easy to find - if all the toys get tossed into a box, it's simpler to leave them out! It's better if all the blocks go together, and the trains, and so on. If you're worried that the kid will be recalcitrant, start clean up sooner. Do not let the kid do anything else until the area is cleaned up. Make it perfectly clear that the three of you can sit there until the end of time if that room stays messy. If that's not an option, you may have to take the drastic step of putting toys in time-out.

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