Ok - this is a biggie!!
How do I get my children to tidy up?
First of all it is important to understand :
I thought I was fighting a losing battle for years with my children. They kept on telling me that their rooms were tidy, but when I went in to check - all I could see was books and toys, make up and boxes everywhere!
This led to arguments and falling out, time after time.
But I was wrong.
I realise now that I had, first of all, not been clear in what I wanted them to do but also I didn’t understand that my ‘Style of Tidy’ is different to that of any of my children and however hard I try to make them have their rooms exactly as I like them IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!
So how did I get my children to tidy up?
Full transparency - my children are all adults. I did not fully realise the implication of different styles of tidying until they had grown beyond telling off and sending to bed!
If only I had understood! It would have saved hours of shouting and years of stress!
There are three key strategies:
Understand your child's Type of Tidy
Be clear and simple in your instructions
Move storage to the area where it is needed.
Type of Tidy.
Take a look at these pictures, do you have a preference?