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Have you ever struggled getting your toddler to clean up his/her mess? This week, my guest blogger, Kathleen Crane shares her ideas on getting toddlers to clean up their toys.

Kathleen is professionally experienced in the field of home improvement. She loves to write and share her thoughts with the readers. Please welcome Kathleen!

Blessings, Rebecca

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Toy troubles: My Toddler Won’t Help Clean up

Encouraging your toddler to take part in the cleaning process requires more efforts than you can imagine. Normally, toddlers are not keen on arranging of their toys and rooms and that is why parents will meet a lot of difficulties when involving the toddlers in the basic tasks..

Surely, you need to dedicate a lot of your free time if you want to explain to toddlers why they need to clean up after themselves. Starting with the arranging of the toys is the most appropriate decision as kids spend a great part of their time playing with their favourite toys.

If you want to teach the toddlers how to preserve the immaculate condition of their toys for a longer time, you need to keep in mind certain rules. Thanks to this piece of article you will find decision to a wide range of problems that concern the involving of toddlers into some basic household duties, and especially into the activities that include the arranging of the toys.

toddlerHere are some tips from HireHouseCleaners SW9 to take into account:

Set Definite Rules 

No matter how much you want to help the toddlers, let them try to manage with the situation in their own way. If you tell them to pick up the toys and to place them in the basket, instead of leaving them spread around the room, you, make sure that they will understand your request correctly. Do not pick the toys instead of them and do not pretend that nothing has happened. Being positive is a good thing, but toddlers need to understand from an early age that it is up to them to keep their toys clean and unbroken.

Encourage The Toddlers To Help With the Cleaning of The Toys

As you can imagine, toddlers won’t be able to provide perfect cleaning of the toys but they can at least help you in this activity. Explain them that toys should be cleaned on a regular basis and that they should give you a helping hand because it comes to their own toys. Most of the toys could be effectively cleaned with a clean cloth and with a solution of warm water and some liquid soap. Demonstrate the toddlers how they can provide a simple cleaning – you will be amazed how well they will cope with the task as long as you are patient enough to explain them everything in details.

Be Ready For Compromises 

Toddlers do not like being told what to do and they will probably accept the new rules as a challenge. Unfortunately they usually try to oppose to your opinion so you need to be ready for certain compromises. For instance, in case the toddler refuses to clean the toys, you can at least teach him how to arrange the toys in the basket in a more interesting way. Take it slowly and you will see that toddlers will gradually accept most of the new rules that concern them.

Regardless of the cleaning rules that you apply, do not forget that your approach is very essential. You need to have a strong bond with the toddlers, otherwise you won’t succeed in teaching them of some basic habits. Be patient and tolerant and start with simple cleaning task. Make sure that you praise the toddlers for their efforts and that you communicate with them in a calm way. Educating children is certainly a difficult task but when you are determined to accept the challenge, you will be able to teach the kids how to be more organized and responsible towards their duties.

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Bonding with Your Child through Boundaries

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JUNE HUNT is Founder and CSO (Chief Servant Officer) of Hope for the Heart, a worldwide biblical counseling ministry started in 1986. The ministry provides biblical hope and practical help in 27 languages and over 60 countries. She also hosts the award-winning radio program Hope In The Night. . Her numerous books include Seeing Yourself Through God’s EyesHealing the Hurting Heart, and Bonding with Your Teen through Boundaries.

Combined, the broadcasts air on nearly 900 outlets worldwide. One of the world’s leading biblical counselors, June is also an accomplished musician, popular speaker and top-selling author dedicated to presenting God’s Truth for Today’s Problems.

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Review

As a mother of a tween and a teen, I was riveted by all the sound biblical/parental advice given in June Hunt and PeggySue Wells’ book Bonding with Your Child through Boundaries! I struggled to put it down. I am excited to share my thoughts on it as well as offer you a chance to win your own FREE copy of Hunt’s book at the end of this post!

The first part of their book is devoted to explaining what are healthy boundaries and their benefits. In the second half, Hunt and Wells discuss tough topics such as lying, anger, cheating, cliques, wardrobe, disrespectfulness, gossip, tattling, whining, homework hassles, peer pressure, substance abuse, stealing, tardiness, etc. Each issue is thoroughly reviewed with an example and prudent tips are given on how to handle each situation.

Each page spoke to me as a Mom, because I’ve faced and may face trials in our family. Hunt and teach us how to draw and maintain boundary lines in order to build strong relationships with our precious children. While reading the chapter on back talk, my daughter said something sassy and rolled her eyes at me as if on queue. I put my book down, and tried implementing their simple recipe for respectful communication…and it worked!. Now, I have the tool to maintain the behavior until it becomes part of her character.

One of my favorite chapters is about bullying. As a society, it’s become epidemic as evidenced on many talk shows, social media, news and self-defense classes offered. Hunt and Wells give practical advice on how to look for signs of bullying, and what to do if your child is being bullied or is a bully.

Like you, I want to raise my son and daughter with strong godly character. Using sound tools such Bonding with Your Child through Boundaries helped me to be a better parent. So, if you too are looking for practical tips with spiritual insight, I highly recommend Bonding with Your Child through Boundaries!

Disclaimer: No compensation was received for this book review; just passing on a Good Read.

Giveaway!

Now it’s your turn to read Bonding with Your Child through Boundaries as we’re giving away a FREE copy. I’d love to hear from other Moms and Dads seeking to raise their children with godly character. Simply comment below on what boundaries you set and how do you implement/maintain them? Your name will then be placed in a drawing.

On September 14, 2015, we will randomly select a winner. The winner must supply his/her mailing address to us no later than September 21. One Free copy will then be shipped directly to the winner’s address provided.