The photo really says it all doesn’t it? But I’ll go ahead and confess: I’m terrible about cleaning my son’s room. I try to tackle it about once a month if that. Little Man has free reign of his room every morning before I get him up as well as during during “quiet playtime” in the afternoon(he doesn’t always nap). Whenever he is in there alone he likes to dump out ALL his toys. It just seems pointless for me to clean them up every day.
I know that a few months ago I was the one sharing simple chores that toddlers can do; and I while I attempt to have him assist me with household chores, and give him small responsibilities of his own, in reality, sometimes it’s much easier to do it all myself! Sometimes I’d rather clean up the entire train set in 30 seconds myself than spend 3 minutes coaxing and coaching him through it. Sometimes I clean it all and he watches like a king. Other times I completely ignore the messes in his room and still struggle to keep the rest of our tiny apartment clean.
I want to be able to seize the “teachable moments” more, and get him into the habit of cleaning up after himself, but that doesn’t actually always happen. It’s my goal, but not necessarily the reality of our every day life. Some days, but not all. baby steps.
A lot of times I feel like the words of the popular preschool “clean up” song would more accurately be:
“clean up, clean up only mama does a share
clean up clean up every mama everywhere!”
I’m sure it’s now obvious to you why “keep our house cleaner” has been on my list of goals for the new year for 2 years in a row now! I’m definitely getting more serious about it this year though. No more excuses! I’m not pregnant anymore, and I don’t have a newborn, so I think I should be able to organize our home and keep it decently clean ;)
And today Little Man and I will be tackling his room!
So there’s my ‘confession’ for the
week year. There’s always something to be working on! I will keep you posted on how we do cleaning/organizing his room, and the rest of the house.
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What about you? Do you clean your kids’ rooms, ignore them or let them do it? How does that go in your house? and what do think works best?