Wednesday, February 27, 2008

If I had a Quarter...

For every time I heard myself say,
"clean up the {various toy }".
I could take all of you on a luxury vacation!

As happy as I am that the kids play, play, play instead of watch, watch, watch, it seems like I am a broken record asking them to clean it up when they are done. The family rule has always been:
Clean up the first toy/game before you get out the next one.
Well, building huge, elaborate figures out of Tinker Toys or Lincoln Logs is great fun, but destroying them and cleaning them up seem to be an impossible task to a couple of 5 year olds. It seems to be the phase of the season. This will pass, and who knows what will be next. Sometimes it just feels better to vent on my blog. Thanks for listening.


Marie - Mother of the Bird Nest said...

Too bad you don't have a huge belly like me right now. If you did you might be able to get a little sympathy from the kiddos. My kids clean up when asked because I told them if Mommy bends over and picks up all the toys herself then I have contractions and the baby might come out too early. It really does the trick. I still have to ask and remind, but the toys get cleaned up.

Amy said...

We like to sing, "It's time to put the toys away, toys away, toys away. It's time to put the toys away, so we can go _______." (Fill in the blank with, take a nap, go to the store, get dressed etc.) Surprisingly most of the time, Sebastian will take his toys to the toy basket and put them away. Either that or throw a tantrum because he doesn't want to. My point is that hopefully when he's 5, he'll enjoy cleaning up.

sheena said...

I'm sure you can top it, but yesterday Jonah

-took apart every single puzzle and threw every single piece all over his room
-emptied the wipes one by one and threw them around the room
-emptied all his dresser drawers
-scattered his own "droppings" round and round the room

this was all during "naptime"

on second thought, can you top it?

Heather said...

I like the idea of making the kids pay me a penny for every time I have to ask them to clean something up. Hmmm, thanks for the great idea. If only they had that many pennies.