Clean up that mess
July 5, 2007 6:24pm CST
I had a problem a few years back with getting mny children to clenan there rooms,untill the day I thought about each child and how they respond differently to commands . example--when the boys were 10 and 12. "My younger son just needed to be told to clean his room, and he did it — he loves being organized," but for the other one just asking — or even insisting — didn't work with her older son. "I realized he needed the job broken up into smaller, doable steps."Every child — every person — learns in a slightly different way, "I finally realized my sons needed very different instructions and strategies for cleaning up their bedrooms, just as they did for doing their homework I began working with him on jobs like sorting through stacks of magazines and choosing the ones he wanted to keep. Later, I asked him to tackle the job himself, setting a timer to help him stay on track. sometimes his room still gets messy but I dont have the battle I used to have since I have learned to tackle asking them to do thigs in different ways.