When my seven and five year olds were in school most of the day, it was a lot easier to keep the stuff in check. We only had about 4-5 hours of destruction time after school. Contrary to popular belief, a two-year-old does not necessarily create a more destructive wake than a five-year-old.
I know it’s not backwards day, but I really need some help! I want the girls to be able to get their toys when they want to play with them. The only problem is: they never want to put them back! It takes at least 30 minutes to get Princess to put he stuff away when she’s done with them, and that’s only if I’m right behind her, um… encouraging… her.
I never want to be one of those moms who dread summer vacation, but it’s getting to the point that I don’t want to try to clean the house, because I will turn around, and a tornado will have hit!
1. How can I motivate them to clean up after themselves? (especially the five-year-old)
2. Is it just a fact of 2-7 year-old life that a wake of clutter will follow them wherever they go? Should I just suck it up for a while?
3. Am I being too whiny, and sounding more like my kids than their mother?
Please help! This is NOT working for me!