|Our dog appears to be searching the wreckage for survivors.|
One brilliant way that we learned to get our spacey youngest child to clean up his crap is to institute a system called "the Sweep". Perhaps you have tried this. If not, here is how you do it:
- Tell your child to clean up. Make it clear you mean business.
- Let a reasonable (or totally unreasonable) period of time elapse while they are supposed to be cleaning but are actually taking apart individual Legos with tweezers.
- Notice that they have not cleaned up.
- Put all of the not-cleaned-up toys in a garbage bag and take them away. (You can choose to do this with or without an element of emotional abuse by a) saying that you may give these toys to an impoverished little boy who is not an asshole, or by b) simply removing the bag and holding the toys out of your child's reach while placing them up high, with a look of compassionate but firm
- Forget that you have taken these items away and then introduce them months later, when they are like Christmas presents again. Perhaps you could even use them as Christmas presents, if you keep them long enough, or if your child has short-term memory loss (perhaps due to
Today, this method backfired for us. Sitting in what looked like the epicenter of a major building toy explosion in the eye of our living room, and having been told to clean up, he tells us:
"Ummm, I don't really care for any of these things."
Mikalh: "I don't really care for any of these toys, so, ummm, you can just take them away."
And that's what none of the parenting books deal with.