Guest Posted July 6, 2012 Share Posted July 6, 2012 So, I've always been that mean mom (product of a mean mom ;)) that allows one toy out at a time and requires it picked up before the next thing comes out. My son, who is a lot like me, has always been able to handle that pretty well. Pretty organized. He'll come out of his room so excited that he organized his closet. Now, dearest daughter, on the other hand. Wow. This girl likes to have her Littlest Pet Shop eating a lego picnic alongside her matchbox cars in a My Little Pony castle. And then, she needs to create a new scene with her My Little Ponies playing with Belle & the Beast, pretending to surf on a completely different toy. I LOVE her imagination. I LOVE how she plays. But, oh my goodness, I can't handle the mess. She's terrible at picking up. I told my husband I wanted her to be creative and not have to only have one thing out at a time. He suggested that each night we just ask her to have her floor cleaned and once a month I can go through her bins. We didn't really want to force her to pick everything up every night, because most of her "friends" are in the middle of something. :tongue_smilie: So, fast forward a couple of days and EVERYTHING is mixed together. Legos in every.single.bin she owns. Everything is mish-mash. I was like :001_huh::blink::svengo::auto: I really want to give her space with her toys and not be such a neat freak tyrant. It's just hard for me to find a balance. So, what do you all do? Especially with your kids that are not naturally neat? How can we remain somewhat organized and yet let her lively imagination run free? She is 5, fwiw. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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