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From toddlerhood onwards. Do it together - initially you'll be doing almost all of it and the balance should gradually shift over the years as they get older. At first, give out copious praise even for small acts of tidying up. Make it a race. Have something desirable / positive to do next, once tidying up is done. Don't let them do the fun thing until ...


If you have ever watched a group of children tidy up in a kindergarten then you will know that children of this age group are perfectly able to help tidy their toys if there is a clear system. The best system will take into account the child's stage of development (there is no point for example in sorting by colour before they know their colours etc). ...

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