If playing is a pleasure for your child, encouraging them to participate in tidying up can be frustrating. Here are some strategies to avoid getting into a power struggle with your toddler:
- Warn him that “it will be soon the time of the arrangement”.
- Encourage him to participate in decision-making. For example, let him choose between stuffing animals or bricks to assemble. By allowing him to make choices, you make him understand that you respect his individuality. Children are more likely to collaborate if they feel they have a say.
- Highlight his contribution to pick up his toys and congratulate him for his behavior.
- When seeking the help of your child, keep your request and insist that he or she keep with you, even if he or she refuses. You may find it easier to put your room in order yourself rather than ask him to take part in this task. However, you may encourage him to try to save time or to shun the future when the time to put his stuff away will come. Be patient, and remember that it takes a lot of time to learn to do tasks without protest.
- Even toddlers can take part in the storage. This allows them to learn and develop their sense of responsibility. As soon as your child is walking, do not hesitate to ask for help and cooperation.
Play to tidy up
Children sometimes find that storage is a waste of time and a boring activity. Make it a game or present this task as an activity you do together. In this way, he will not necessarily associate this activity at the end of the play period or your enjoyment together.
Here are some ideas to make storage fun:
- Children like to group things by categories. Tell him, “Let’s go bedtime your toys. You can then invite them to sleep all their dolls at the appropriate place or to return their trucks and cars to the garage for the night. Thus, the toys will have a good night.
- Your child’s favorite cub (or his imaginary friend) can sometimes come to the rescue. Since he does not know where the toys are going, your child can show him where everyone should be tidy!
- “Magic” too can be useful. “Do you want to do magic? I close my eyes and count to 10. As you’re a magician, I’m sure you’ll be able to get all your toys off the floor. We try? Count slowly and above all, congratulate him for his successful magic trick.
- Ask him, for example, “How much time do you think we need to put away your toys? “
- Inviting the child to tidy up his toys immediately before an activity he likes increases his motivation. “When you have put away your toys, we will go for a walk (or I will tell you a story, or you can watch your TV show, etc.). “
Once the room is in order, you can point out that it looks like a toy store where everything is tidy and where it will be easy for him to find what he is looking for. This may encourage him to maintain this good habit which will serve him to develop his organizational capacity. This skill will help her in the daycare and also for her possible entry to school.