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I pick up my 4 yr old toys a lot and ask him to help also. And sometimes help with 6 and 9 ur old but they also help me pick up laundry etc at times
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Originally Posted by Imakcerka View Post
 

I have tried to nicely ask my children to please help with pick up so that Mommy and daddy are not left with all the work.  But you know, my oldest is always busy playing world of warcraft and my youngest is always reading a really awesome adventure book so I feel really bad about interrupting them.  I just do it myself when it's obvious it would be pushy of me to make them do it.

 

Am I asking them wrong? 

 

Maybe you can phrase it more like, "in five minutes, I need you to help me clean up such-and such", or "after this chapter, I need you to take a break and clean up this or that"?  Some kids don't clean up when they know someone will do it for them, and even if that's not what's going on, if it's something that happens all the time, then they will get used to not having to clean up their toys as a responsibility.

 

My fiance has three children.  The oldest two stay at their grandparents' house during the week to homeschool.  At their grandparents' house, their room is pretty nicely kept up.  At their Dad's house, the oldest just leaves things where they fall, and I mean everything- books, clothes, candy wrappers, you name it- because she knows her Dad will do it for her.  She also knows when I'm there, I expect her to clean up after herself (within reason), and she mostly does so.

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