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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 ...


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With a bit of luck, this may remain a hypothetical problem - the "Lego phase" might dwindle down soon or your younger one might turn out to be a child that actually doesn't "eat" every crumb he finds on the floor. (We were lucky in the latter sense.) But it's always better to be prepared. The first meassure is always to separate the toddler and the pile ...


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A friend of ours solved this by having a play pen, and putting the bigger kid in it. Of course he could climb out at any time, but in the pen his little brother couldn't get at his toys.


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As a newborn, she won't be interested in "playing" with toys for awhile yet. Her favorite thing to look at will be your faces. Other items that would be interesting for a very young baby are mobiles that have strong, high-contrast patterns on them, or soothers that have lights and music (non-interactive items that she can just look at). Mirrors are also ...


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I am the youngest of four children. I found, especially when I was younger, that it was not an issue when I got hand me downs. The issues arise when I got older and started, not only being self-conscious and wanting to develop my own style, but by my growing awareness of things. I didn't mind clothes being handed down if they were in nice condition because ...


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We've found that having toys is much more of a net negative — particularly the distraction aspect. This is especially the case once the kids get a little older, and the toy of choice is more complex (e.g. Legos being assembled at the table) or expensive (e.g. a flashlight, a talking robot thing). Who wants to eat boring spaghetti when they could be literally ...


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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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It seems you obviously have to teach your kid not to do that. Buying a similar toy won't help, because your child will understand that he will get what he want if he take the toy. First, you must teach your kid to share his own toys, so he can understand that in the same way you can ask someone else's toy, you must be able to do the same. I think this "...


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It is a very common problem. I've been to plenty of houses that looked like the way you described yours. But I think the problem has several causes: 1) Too many accessible toys. The bulk of the toys needs to be in an area or closet where kids cannot get to. Kids love unpacking so they'd unpack whatever they can put their hands on. If the toys are out of ...


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I think you have a reasonable system for a 20m old, but as they get more types of toys you might consider placing them into categories. Like mentioned in another answer, we keep all Lego and Duplo blocks separate (we don't allow Megablocks in our house! :) ), and the remaining toys fall into rough categories: Dolls, Animals, Cooking, Educational, etc. The ...


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Mostly, your system is already good. Really, your main problem is, how to get the child accustomed to cleanup - which seems like a completely different question (which I won't answer here but I encourage you to ask in a separate post) Minor fine-tuning ideas: Make sure the books are stacked verically in the box. This way, she can try and get the book ...


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I've heard it said by educational psychologists that the most educational thing about an 'educational' toy is the box it comes in. That statement also backs up my own experience and that of other children we know. As a rule of thumb, the more 'educational' a toy appears, the more it is likely to be an annoying piece of electronic garbage. Most stores are ...


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The first 'toys' you will want are not things she will play with with her hands, rather things she will look at. Infants can't see colors very well, and overall can't see anything nearly as well as older children or adults, so things with very sharp color contrast - at first, black and white only - with large, uncomplicated patterns are excellent. This can ...


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Yes, it's just a toy, however I also think the way the play with toys can sometimes be an indicator of how they'll play with other children or animals. We ask our children to play carefully and respectfully with their toys. With their stuffed animals, we ask them to treat them gently, as if they were real animals. I don't think there is anything wrong with ...



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