DD just turned 4.5, and I'm feeling frustrated about how to get her moving.
This morning it took forever to get dressed. I tried racing, pretending I was the getting dressed monster, and pretending (as the getting dressed monster) to get my friend tickle monster because he tickles little girls who don't get dressed. I did get some giggles, but not much action. I finally was able to just help her. I was really trying to be playful, but I have to be honest, sometimes I just want it to get done because it needs to get done. She is able to do it herself.
Then we tried to pick up her room. I was in there with her and very specific. It could have been a 5 minute job, so when it takes an hour, I'm pretty frustrated. DD2 who is almost 2 is in there too messing up things and distracting DD1 so that doesn't help much. I was really trying to teach them how to pick up after themselves, not just do it for them.
The main issues I saw were being distracted, wanting to leave things out because she's either using it now or saving it for later, and mostly just not wanting to do it. I know these are all normal but I want to know how to improve it. Racing is really not working anymore. I also feel like I'm getting some attitude from her that I don't appreciate. I remind her about her "nice voice", but I see it draining my playfulness and imagination.
I got out Playful Parenting to review, but it's a pretty long book.... I'd love some suggestions for the meantime. I'm also wondering what is reasonable for this age. If I say "it's time to get dressed" or "pick up the stuffed animals on the floor", do we really have to go through all these games?