Okay, friends, please share with me how you get your child to clean their room. Please make sure to include your child's age. I need some encouragement (or a wake up call).
KJ, she's five (will be 6 in exactly 2 months), and just WON'T CLEAN HER ROOM!!! Well, I mean, she will if I coach her through it one item at a time. Chris and I have found ourselves just cleaning it for her because it just seems to drag on and on --for hours sometime.
I've tried rewards and consequences. I haven't determined which one works "better". I don't like being the "bad guy" but I just don't know what to do at this point. I've organized that room, I don't know how many times, thinking "okay, it's going to work now." --and it doesn't last long. :(
Growing up, I used to be the same exact way. My mom and sis would just end up cleaning my mess up for me. I used to whine, throw fits, and go HOURS with getting distracted when I was supposed to be cleaning my room. To this day, I look at a mess and just get this creepy crawly feeling under my skin. I don't want her to take after me. I'm trying to intervene as best as possible.
Please share your stories, strategies, and tricks.
Thanks so much!