Spotless Playroom FloorRAY GUARENDI
Getting our small children to pick up their toys is a daily sore spot in our house. No matter what I say, they wont do it. Am I making a mountain out of a molehill?
Toys are among a child's first possessions. So they offer a natural means to teach responsibility. Unfortunately, responsibility is not something that comes naturally to humans. Like most admirable qualities, it has to be learned.
Children generally force themselves to learn about responsibility the hard way through consequences rather then the easy way through words. In a way, that's good. Consequences teach them respect for their possessions, and ours, more quickly and durably than do all the words we can muster.
How might you rid your house of toy clutter well, at least 75% of it?
The only way to ever reach 100% is to have no children living with you. But if that isn't possible, here are some ideas for a near litter-free environment:
Persevere. Eventually he will care. Even Elvis will get tired of playing with rocks, sticks and mudballs.
Ray Guarendi. "Spotless Playroom Floor." National Catholic Register. (August 26 - September 1, 2001).
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Raymond N. Guarendi, aka Dr. Ray, is a practicing clinical psychologist and authority on parenting and behavioral issues active in the Catholic niche media. Guarendi is an advocate of common sense approaches to child rearing and discipline issues. Guarendi received his B.A. and M.A. at Case Western Reserve University in 1974, and his Ph.D. at Kent State University in 1978. He is the author of You're a better parent than you think!: a guide to common-sense parenting, Good Discipline, Great Teens, Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It; Straight Answers to Hearfelt Questions, Discipline that lasts a lifetime: the best gift you can give your kids, and Back to the Family. <
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