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My 20 month old DS is much more interested in picking up whatever little garbage (his treasures <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) he can find wheh we take him to the park(s). He has an eye for anything - it can be the smallest little thing he finds in the dirt/wood chips..<br><br>
Anyway it is driving me nuts! He is interested in going down the slides & baby swing but this seems to be his thing.<br><br>
Normal???<br><br>
And when does it stop? LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I am so tired of taking the icky juice boxes/used straws/chip bags/ect that kids have just thrown on the park grounds & taking them out of my DS's hands & depositing them in the park garbage can myself.<br><br>
MIL just bought him a sandbox.
 

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When mine did this, I praised them for helping take care of the earth. Could he be picking up on the good messages you are sending about ecology?
 

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DS does this, he likes throwing trash away, so when he finds something I have him throw it away and thank him for helping make the park look nice.
 

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DD does this. She picks everything up that is remotely like garbage and hands it to me. I have learned to bring a plastic bag with me to collect everything. I thank her for helping clean things up but I try to be careful that she's not picking up anything too disgusting.<br><br>
I do think it's kind of sad that she hones in on the garbage and there is so much of it, instead of picking up leaves and twigs. She does pick those up too, but they are not nearly as exciting.
 

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We do the same thing. Even without my direction now he will just pick bottlecaps or whatever up and throw them away. What a great oppotunity to show concern for the earth/park... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Mary
 

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We live in a city - so in addition to the various discarded juice boxes, soda cans, barrettes and paper - he also picked up empty condom wrappers and cigarette butts.<br><br>
I tried not to freak out so the 'helping' issue didn't get distorted but he actually got a ciggy butt in his mouth once! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">:<br><br>
Also, I carry little Purell single wipes in my purse...<br><br>
Luckily, he has grown out of it. I had to follow him closely for a few months but then, he lost interest.
 

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we live in a city too, and he also likes to be the one to throw away our dog poop (after we've bagged it). I figure not much is worse than that--I just keep an eye out for things that might actually hurt him, like broken glass, and try to get to that first.
 

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DD likes to do this too (she very much likes depositing it in the trash). I just try to keep her away from used cigarette butts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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My 20month old DD is more interested in twigs and dead leaves. She can't pass one on the ground without picking up one for each hand. Then she quickly walks away from me/DH because she knows we may take them away from her. As soon as I see her determined walk, I tell DD "uh-oh, looks like she picked up something again!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I don't mind her having them if she only held them but likes to chew the dead leaves and that can't be good for her.
 
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