Someone please tell me I'm not the only one with this problem!
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|Wed, 10-19-2011 - 12:17pm|
Posted on FB group as well...
From the very beginning I've had the hardest time getting the girls to keep their room clean. Toys, books, clothes, everywhere... always! It makes me want to pull my hair out! No matter what I try nothing works. All the toys have a specific bin, plain as day, nothing confusing! I've tried enforcing the "only 1 type of toy at a time" and they refuse. Then they complain about how big the mess is and they get overwhelmed. I told them that if there's too much to clean then perhaps they just have too much stuff! We've done the "toys in time-out" thing before and it doesn't work, I'm back to that again right now, they have only baby dolls and doll clothes in their room and I told them everytime they clean it up when they're done they can get another set of toys back. That was like 2 weeks ago. It's like once I put toys in the garage they forget about them. I've tried consequences and tried rewards, seriously, nothing works. I'm so sick of this fight with them. Especially since their untidyness follows them throughout the house!!!! UGH!
Now I'm considering NO NEW TOYS for Christmas, though honestly I don't think that'll work either. =( Most everything ends up broken too. I made a rule that if you break something we throw it away no questions asked. Still nothing. They seem so ungrateful! =( The only time I get any feedback is if I say we're giving toys away. I went through before (at a time they weren't in trouble just because there was so much) and weeded out stuff that was too young for them or that they don't really play with and they were all bawling! I even laughed it was so ridiculously comical!
Then I wonder if 99% of the problem is Macy dragging things out and throwing fits about cleaning, and also being too aggressive with the toys. Maybe the big girls are suffering for Macy's tazmanian devil tendancy? I just don't know! I wish I knew exactly what the cause of the problem was so I could focus on that. Are they ungrateful and unappreciative? Is it because there are 3 girls in a room full of stuff and the mess is literally unavoidable? Is it all Macy's doing? Do they have too much? I just don't know. And I'm losing my mind over this! =/ This issue of tidyness has always been my biggest battle and I'm just so done! This makes HULK mom come out every. single. time! =(