How do you keep your children from using all the tissue paper in the bathroom?

United States
July 20, 2008 4:22pm CST
My daughter went through a phase where she would unroll all the paper on the roll and stuff it down into the sink. She was around two years old at the time. So, I had to put it up in the bathroom cabinet. Now that she's older, I've found that it's possible to leave out the paper. But now I'm worried that she will get back into her paper wasting habits. How do you encourage your children not to waste household resources, such as tissue paper, soap, etc.
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@RDugas (247)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I feel your pain. I also have a 2 year old who, in this house, we like to call the toilet paper bandit! If all is quiet in the house we know to go and look for him in the bathroom because he has probably unrolled half of the roll of toilet paper already! It must be something with kids and wasting, because my older children like to fill the shampoo and conditioner bottles with water when they are bathing. Short of bathing them myself, I dont know what else I can do to make them quit wasting things.
• United States
21 Jul 08
My daughter still loves to do the shampoo bottle thing! And we have the same experience with her. If she's not talking somewhere in the house that means she is up to mischief! As she gets older, she'll learn to hum to herself so that we won't be suspicious when she is doing something she shouldn't!
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@schulzie (4071)
• United States
1 Aug 08
That sounds just like my kids too! My 9 year old daughter begs for her special little blueberry or watermelon shampoo and then 3 days later she's like "Mom, I need more shampoo!" Sure enough I go look and it's full of water. Then my 3 year old is potty training and for her she likes to grab lots of paper and wipe and then flush. She doesn't even go, she just wipes and flushes. I have to keep my eye on her - she'll use up the whole roll. [b][i] Have a great day and happy myLotting![/i][/b]
• Australia
20 Jul 08
I have to close the door to the toilet otherwise my daughter does the same thing plus she'll play with the water in the bowl - she loves water!! One time I caught her with the toothpaste belonging to a girl who was staying with us till she found her own place & she was swirling the toilet water with the toothpaste!!! I know this sounds mean but all I could do was laugh - it looked funny.
• United States
21 Jul 08
Oh, that's cute! Mine gave her unicorn horse a bath in the toilet when she was just about two years old! She was alone in the bathroom for less than ten seconds! Kids are super fast. Seemed for awhile there we were always fishing something out of the toilet from toys to clothes! Never knew what she was going to toss in there next!
• Australia
22 Jul 08
That's what I'm afraid of so I just close the door while she's awake...my cell phone has already had a swim in the dog water (luckily it's ok) & I think I have a while before my 14 month old passes this stage...plus it doesn't help when she loves water - she even stole a bone off the dog & gave it to me while I was having a shower this morning!! At least the bone is clean I guess
@loujac3 (1190)
• United States
21 Jul 08
It is a phase that they go through. What gets me is the men that go through a roll in a day. It really blows me away to go in there and find the roll empty. Or, what about the person that uses up the roll and then takes out another and refuses to put it on the roller. lol I guess we should be thankful that our family members use toilet paper in the first place.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
21 Jul 08
loujac3 I have the same thing going on in my home. someone always emptys the tissue paper but they never get out a new roll. So when I have to go to the bathroom there is no paper.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
20 Jul 08
There is no winning with this one. I have fought it for years and it never seems to resolve. If you tell them that they can save a tree by using less they tell you to go out and plant a tree. In our household I expect to go through a roll a day. When I lived by myself it was a roll per month. So it is hard for me to understand why they have to use so much.
• United States
21 Jul 08
In our house, it's my spouse who is overly concerned about tissue paper usage! I'm only mildly concerned when it comes to the amount my daughter might waste. He thinks I'm a big paper waster. And he's right. I do use the stuff to wipe up spills off the floor, but only cause he doesn't buy me dish rags or paper towels! And I am not cutting up any more of our clothes for cleaning rags!
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@GreenMoo (11842)
20 Jul 08
My kids like to give toilet rolls to the cats, and the cats kill them! I come back to find the entire house covered in bits of tissue! i've never had a problem with them wasting it any other way though. To be honest, they're pretty good and don't really waste anything. Actually, that's a lie as I've just remembered that my youngest has a thing about dropping eggs just now! He's not relaly old enough to reason with, so I just have to be quick if I catch him with the fridge door open
• United States
21 Jul 08
OK! I see. I thought mine was the only one who did stuff like that. She would squirt condiments everywhere in the kitchen if I left the fridge door unsecured. Now she's a bit older and hates to make messes! Or, else she wants me to clean them up!
@Rosekitty (19570)
• San Marcos, Texas
20 Jul 08
Hi Beauty! What i used to do is give them the 3 sheets i felt they needed as the most to not worry about..if they needed more then they could call me..now with my grandkids i would give them one of the wet ones, or moist cloths so not only would it be enough but it would clean them by being wet! Have fun!..lol
• United States
21 Jul 08
OK! I'll put that on my shopping list! Thanks!
@katsmeow1213 (28274)
• United States
20 Jul 08
Thank goodness my kids are past that stage. They do tend to waste a lot, which can aggrevate me at times, because I try very hard not to be wasteful. But I will just tell them "This is all you need to use" and hope that they pay attention and don't waste it. I just keep reminding myself they won't be kids forever.
• United States
20 Jul 08
That's really good advice. My little girl does listen to me when I instruct her on the simple things. How else is a child to know, right? Thanks for dropping by! Your advice is always appreciated.
@SViswan (12096)
• India
3 Aug 08
My older son doesn't really waste stuff...but this past year he hasn't been taking good care of his things. The soap is on the bathroom floor when he's done....he leaves bottles open after use....things like that. He was never this way and now that I do not have the time to do things for him (I never had to)....what with my job and the baby...he tends to do it a lot more...and then I end up shouting at him. I'm working on some other tactic where there is no yelling involved (I know it's counter productive)...but am still in the planning stages.
@mummymo (23709)
23 Jul 08
When you find the answer to that one can you let me knew beauty as I am sure that my kids are sending the loo roll to another dimension via time travel or something. With them both being gone the amount of loo roll we have saved has been unbelievable but as tehy are both home tonight we have stocked up again! xxxx
• United States
21 Jul 08
Repetative reminding. I finally took the cost of TP, shampoo, body wash, etc. out of their allowance. That worked pretty well.
21 Jul 08
Maybe suggest to her that she uses a certain amount of squares for each wipe. Not only will it be educational but she will learn not to waste it. Talk about things that do get wasted such as food and things that cant be wasted. I dont think she will go back to her habits. Praise her when she does use toilet roll and soap with out wasting any and this may encourage her not to waste it!! Good luck
@misty99 (736)
21 Jul 08
My youngest daughter,now almost 3 years old is indeed naughty when it comes to tissue papers.While eating, every time she puts the spoon into her mouth she'll grab tissue and wipes her mouth.Same thing with my son.So i to put tissue somewhere they can't see.These kiddos knows a way of getting things if they know where the tissue is.I'll just get a few and they ask me if they need one.Another naughty act of my son (turning 6),he brushes his teeth by himself.The problem is,for whatever reason,he keeps on putting water inside the toothpaste tube.With that i have to keep on reminding him not to do it.Or else he'll use salt instead of toothpaste.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
21 Jul 08
When my children were little I just told them over and over dont use to much tissue paper. But now I have to do the same thing with my grandkids. It never ends. lol
@gtdonna (1741)
21 Jul 08
My daughter was never in the habit of using too much because I showed her just how much is enough...but she does like to waste the liquid bathing soap...it irks me but she has found a nice way to mix ALL the liquid soap in the house and create her own, when she does this, she no longer wants to waste the soap because it will finish quickly
@devilsangel (1821)
• United States
21 Jul 08
To be honest what works for me is I buy baby wipes for them to use. Normally when my daughter pee's she only uses like three sheets, but if she poops then I have her use the baby wipes along with my son. This way I keep from having to buy tons of paper every month. A jumbo bag of wipes will last 2 months as oppose to changing the roll of paper once a week. Saves tons of money that way.
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
21 Jul 08
my daughter tries to grab a bunch at a time but shes still young so I grab her toilet paper still but my friend told me she buys a box of tissues and her daughter knows now to just grab one to wipe herself which is good.
@reckon21 (3488)
• Philippines
21 Jul 08
whether you like it or not children is always a children. Its normal to them but we need to explain to them that wasting is not good.Try to give a little amount of tissue that is enough for his needs.
@spalladino (17929)
• United States
20 Jul 08
Nag, nag and nag some more. That's the best way to get something through a kid's head is to repeat it many times over and to check to see if they followed the rules. If your daughter does well when it comes to not wasting something, praise her and, if she's wasteful, remind her that she's not supposed to do this and that. Eventually she will learn to conserve.
@WATARIKENJI (1534)
• Philippines
20 Jul 08
Hi beauty, I have no problem with that at the moment coz my daughter is too young to grab the bathroom tissue. She is just 8 months old right now.
@ruby222 (4849)
20 Jul 08
I know what you mean but there are just the two of us here in the house and we seem to use loads of it!!im always nipping to the shops for loo paper..its for a wonder that someone hasnt invented an easier way to `wipe1 than using yards of tissue paper.