Is it teething time for your little one?

The earlier you get your little one into the habit of cleaning up after themselves the better.

 

And while we all know it’s definitely easier said than done, there are a few things you can do to help them get started on the right track.

 

Tell them why they need to clean up

There is no point simply telling your little one to clean up, you need to give them an explanation as to why they need to do it. Inform them of the dangers of leaving toys in the middle of the floor and how things get broken or lost when they aren’t put away properly.  

 

Set the rules early on

Now is the time to set rules and consequences of what happens if the toys aren't put away. For instance, you can tell them that they can’t take out a new toy until they tidy up or inform them that toys not put away will be taken away.

 

You need to make it fun

Your preschooler is going to be reluctant to clean up when something more fun is waiting for them, so you need to make it as enjoyable as you can. Nobody likes doing chores, not even you, so turn it into a race against time or throw some music into the mix.

 

Don’t clean up after them

If you tell your preschooler to tidy up after themselves but you subsequently do it for them they are never going to learn – sure there is no need if you’re just going to do it for them!

 

Don’t nag them

There is nothing more annoying than when your youngster doesn’t clean up after you’ve told them to do so umpteen times. Instead, offer a simple reminder when they forget - it is so much more beneficial than constant nagging. 

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