Let me tell you about a little parenting issue we've been having lately with one of our kids. Miss L. never wants to clean up her room. Well, you say, that is not unusual for kids. I know but here the the issue. No matter what we do she won't clean her room. We've tried to wait her out. Have her stay in her room until she gets it done.....two....three afternoon's will pass and it still isn't done. In fact, it's become even more messy because all she does is play.
We've given her spankings. We've set timers. We've taken away activities.
So, finally hubs had had it. A couple of days ago, L was again asked to clean her room and she was told that if she didn't get her room cleaned, then we would take everything that was still in the floor, clothing and all and it would be gone for a while.
SO, that is exactly what happened. L refused to clean up. K went in her room with a garbage bag and scooped up everything that was in the floor. Clothing, toys, hairbows, shoes, everything.
What happened, you ask? Exactly what you think happened! L started screaming and crying about her stuff.
What I found sort of comical, sad, and endearing all at the same time is that BOTH of her sister's started crying, too. They were sad that L had lost "all of her stuff". They actually thought that hubs was going to throw all of her stuff away. "Even all of her American Girl stuff".
Here's the thing, though. A and M cried much longer than L did. L got over her stuff being gone very quickly.
Well. By this time, it was bedtime and the girls were to be brushing their teeth. L saunters into the living room where her Dad and I are standing and says " Well at least you didn't get my Bitty Baby because that was on my bed. Humph!". And with that she flung her hair over her shoulder and walked back down the hallway to her bedroom.
SO - here's the question. WHAT are we going to do? HOW are we supposed to get this girl to clean her room (not to mention the sassiness of that last statement!)
I'd love to hear how you get your kids to clean their rooms! Any suggestions for us?
Is it an age related thing that she will grow out of (remember, she's five)? I mean A and M complain about cleaning their room but they do it.
Or maybe it is because she has to clean her room up herself and she she's that her sister's do their room together.....that is her chief complaint. "I can't do it all by myself."
SO- let's hear it. How do you get your kids to clean their rooms? I'd love it if it could be in a way that doesn't involve a screaming match. =)
I look forward to seeing what ya'll have to say!
in HIM -