I was so impressed when I saw this!
I’ve been asking Sweet Pea to help me clean up for what feels like forever. It started with her watching me, then doing one thing and wandering off, and slowly getting more and more helpful. But, it’s something we’ve been working on for like 2 years now. Almost every single time we need to clean up, we do it together. And, most of the time, it is quicker to just do it myself, but then she doesn’t learn anything, except that if she makes a mess, I’ll clean it up. And, that’s definitely NOT the message I want to send. I need less work, not more.
So, we clean up together. Even if it’s borderline torturous for me. Sometimes, having two little ones “helping” can be more of a hindrance than anything. But, even if it takes 2 years before she’s able to do it on her own, it’s worth it in the long run. And, since Buddy Boy has Sweet Pea to watch, he’ll probably learn to clean up a bit sooner than 2 years. He already is starting to help us, all on his own. I’m hoping for more of this, even if this is the exception and not the norm right now. After all, I did only tell her once to clean up… 😉 But, consistency might finally be paying off now…
But, if your littles are anything like mine, cleaning up can be a stressful and frustrating time, and what happened earlier isn’t the norm. Here are some tips and ideas to make it a little easier!
What are your go-to methods for getting your little one(s) to help clean up? Join the discussion by commenting below or on my Facebook page. 🙂