"Time to Clean up"
If you have kids, you've said this. If you are lucky, your kids start cleaning up right away. If your kids are like mine, most of the time this is not immediately done. Heck, half the time my kids don't even "hear" me. One of my closest friends recently told me about the toy jail she has at her house and how it has been helping with clean up.
Here's how it works: The kids are asked to clean up their toys. After some time, she asks the kids if they are done. If they say yes, she reminds them that anything still out will go into toy jail. Often this results in the kids taking another run around the house to pick up last minute toys they missed. Once done, my friend then checks the house. Anything left goes in toy jail. Any toys that end up in jail remain there until a chore (assigned by the parent) is completed. If a toy remains in toy jail for too long, it is donated (the length of time depends on what works for your family).
I loved this idea! It has really been helping her with less push for clean up.
Let me know if you try it out
Stefanie F. Pisarkiewicz, LPC
Experience and information from a counselor and mother- sharing her two cents on children and teens.