This Australian Mum’s Creative Approach Towards Making Her Kids Tidy Up Is One To Adopt

There’s few things that are as frustrating for a mum as having to constantly clean the mess the kids create all day. Not only is it energy sapping, you find that you have to go through the cycle over and over again with very little to show for it in the way your home ends up looking. But, you are in luck, one mum has figured out an ingenious way around the hassle of strewn toys all over the place and you may want to adopt her approach.

You’re bound to hurt yourself stepping on discarded pieces of Lego or the dog could find a stuffed animal they’d like to chew. But getting your little ones to clean up after themselves when they’re tired can be rather tricky.

This Australian mum came up with a very simple way of convincing her children to do just that and all it took was a clear plastic stacker box, a marker pen and a bit of creativity. The parent took to Instagram to share the creation on the backontrackconsultancy account.

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In attempt to get children to put away their toys, she had made a ‘toy jail’. Whenever her kids leave their toys lying around on the floor, the mum picks them up and puts them in the ‘jail’. To earn back their stuff, the little ones must then complete a chore.

The mum wrote out the rules on the lid of the box in black marker pen.

It reads:

“TOY JAIL.

“You left it out and I picked it up, I’ve got your stuff, you’re out of luck.

“To get it back, please do a chore, then it’s yours, just like before. Love, Mummy.”

Here’s the full caption to the post:

T.O.Y..J.A.I.L.. 🧸 🧩🎳🎲 This came up at last nights Building Independent and Resilient Children Workshop at Papilio Early Learning Artarmon. @papilio_artarmon

We discussed in the workshop how children are Capable of tidying up after themselves and that it is strongly encouraged in the early childhood environment that children participate in keeping the classroom neat and tidy!

If children look after their belongings from an early age we are teaching them to be responsible for themselves and their environment and encouraging Independent thinking and problem solving.

What are your thoughts on toy jail, yah or nay?

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T.O.Y..J.A.I.L.. 🧸 🧩🎳🎲 This came up at last nights Building Independent and Resilient Children Workshop at Papilio Early Learning Artarmon. @papilio_artarmon We discussed in the workshop how children are Capable of tidying up after themselves and that it is strongly encouraged in the early childhood environment that children participate in keeping the classroom neat and tidy! If children look after their belongings from an early age we are teaching them to be responsible for themselves and their environment and encouraging Independent thinking and problem solving. What are your thoughts on toy jail, yah or nay? . . . #toys #toyjail #parentingtools #parentinghack #responsiblechildren #responsiblekids #tidyingup #tidyingupwithmariekondo #declutter #toomuchstuff #toomanytoys #whenisenoughenough #helpme #encouragegoodhabits #habitbuilding #lifeskills #itsnotmyjob #selfhelpskills #beingyoung

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