This morning my 2 yo daughter and I went through a rite of passage. I call it that because I’ve gone through it with each of my munchkins. Unfortunately it’s not potty training; we’re still working on that.
It involves toy clean-up, crying, time, discipline, more tears [from both of us], and hugs at the end.
I expect my munchkins to pick up toys from a very young age, but they usually have help. It’s when I expect my child to pick up some things without help that we hit the brick wall.
With my son it was Legos, my first daughter toy dishes, and my second daughter a children’s card game. Yes, these times are still vivid in my mind – not theirs.
It’s always some toy they love to play with and scatter all over the floor [all over the floor!], by themselves. Hence the need for them to clean it up by themselves.
Let me tell you that I could pick it up by myself 3 times in the time it takes to get them to do it; but I know that once we are over this hurdle it will get easier for both of us.
It surely wrings me out!