Ever step on a toy and curse the heavens because you think you might die? Yeah, with a 7 year old dog, I have stepped on so many bones and toys over the years, I am amazed my feet don’t look like a fight with a razor blade. But he is a dog…he doesn’t know where to put stuff. So when this kid came along, we needed a change. So here goes:
We make our kid clean up his own toys.
Yup. He is 2.5 and he is expected to pick up his toys before things like dinner, he can watch TV, bedtime, etc. If he starts to get another big set of toys out with others strewn about, he is told he can’t until the others are picked up. Yeah it isn’t perfect. Sometimes I get the “NO” and run away move but ya know what, he can’t get what he wants until he does it. So 99% of the time he does it. Sometimes he whines through the whole thing. Whatever. Welcome to life, kid.
Kevin and I hate clutter. Setting the house up for showing hasn’t been the nightmare people made it out to be. We already put things away. We don’t leave dishes in the sink. The counters are wiped down every night. But we have found with selling the house, it takes us maybe 10 extra minutes in the morning and maybe 10 at night to make it look the same. We are amazed we didn’t do some of this stuff before now. Our weekend cleaning routine has been cut way down because we do little things all the time.
Naturally, we want to teach this skill. Fortunately, daycare helps us out here. They teach the kids to pick up their toys. They even have a song (or I assume they do…my kid is singing one at home). They are very self sufficient. They wash their hands, help serve food, put their dishes away, wipe tables and take turns. I LOVE IT. At home he is now tall enough to reach the water and soap in the bathroom on his own, he gets his own bib, silverware, plate, etc. If he spills juice in the kitchen, he asks for a towel. He often request napkins at dinner multiple times.
So I don’t think it is ridiculous that he is required to put things away. It has definitely helped us with getting the house ready but I hope it is teaching a life skill. Legos go in the lego bin. The train set is in the hall closet. Crayons are in a drawer in the kitchen. Trains in the Thomas lunchbox. Everything in its place. It is reliable. When he asks for his Lightning McQueen to sleep with…we know where it is.
Maybe I am a slave driver and/or maybe it will all fall apart in 6 months. Whatever. It is how we run our household and I am not backing down. Especially sincel I can still manhandle him.
For more info on our toy storage, check out my storage post.