Works For Me Wednesday

19 Sep


This week my Works For Me Wednesday is what I have found to entice my 4 year old son to help with cleaning up his messes.  He loves to get stuff out and play, but does not think he should clean it up. 

I have started declaring a race to get him to clean up!  I set the microwave timer (note:  timer…not cook!) for 1 minute, and tell him, “ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GOOOOOO!”  and he begins racing to either pick up his puzzle pieces or Hot Wheels cars, or whatever else I have asked him to clean up…and if he doesn’t finish…he does the most amazing thing…”AGAIN, MOMMY!”  And we go again!  Sometimes we even involve his 7 year old sister or Granddaddy (but usually Granddaddy just antagonizes him and creates a distraction…gotta love Granddaddys!)…it makes the race more interesting!

Well, that is WHAT WORKS FOR ME!  Go on over to Rocks In My Dryer, and see more WFMW posts!


6 Responses to “Works For Me Wednesday”

  1. Kara September 19, 2007 at 8:34 am #

    I used to do that when I babysat my siblings and needed them to quickly clean before our parents got home, I’d see who could clean up their area the fastest. Amazing what a little competition can do!

  2. Kandy September 19, 2007 at 10:34 am #

    Great tip! I’m going to try this with MY 4-year (almost 5-year)-old today! Maybe the 13 and 11 year olds will decide its fun too…hey I can dream right? LOL

  3. SAHMmy Says September 19, 2007 at 11:43 am #

    Great tip! My 3 year old loves to compete with me, so this will really work for us! Thanks!

  4. Not the Queen September 19, 2007 at 5:03 pm #

    My husband instituted “5-minute pick-up” for our daughter. She loves it! She can usually get all of her messes cleaned up in 5 minutes (with a little help) and very little complaining.

    I love the competition side of 1 minute at a time, though. Maybe we’ll try that one tonight.

  5. thediaperdiaries September 19, 2007 at 5:43 pm #

    I use this too. I also often employ what Kara suggested when we have play dates. Kids love to compete (as long as it stays friendly).

  6. Mrs. Brownstone September 20, 2007 at 11:33 pm #

    What a cute idea! I like how you keep the time manageable for him!

    Thanks for sharing this great tip!

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