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When Big C was a toddler, I took care of all her wants and needs. I cleaned her room, put away toys, made her bed, did her laundry, etc. If she lost something, I would always find it for her or we would find a replacement item, especially with toys or pacifiers.
Now that my daughter is 5 years old (insert tears here), she has taken on so much more responsibility. She makes her bed, gets dressed for the day and for bed by herself, she cleans out the car, puts her toys away and takes care of the things she loves.
Like most children, responsibility didn’t come naturally to her, she had to be taught. She had to learn hard lessons, too. At one point, her room was a disaster. She often cried because she couldn’t find what she was looking for. So, we worked together to clean her room, and she began to find things she forgot she even owned. After that day, I began reminding her to put her toys back where they belong when she was finished.
She doesn’t always keep up with this, so every once in a while I help her get reorganized again. Another idea that has really helped Big C learn responsibility, is giving her a commission. She has a list of chores, such as, clean her room, clean the car, get dressed, pick up toys, and more. At the end of each day, we check off any chores she completed. At the end of the week, she gets 25 cents for each check. This has been such a motivator for her and it has definitely been a turning point in responsibility.
When children have way more toys then they need, it can become very overwhelming for a child to take care of them all and teaching responsibility can be a challenge. A great way to keep toys to a minimum but still have a variety, is using Pley.com. Pley is an online toy library where kids can play with the coolest toys, for as low as $9.99, which reduces clutter and helps the environment.
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Pley also teaches responsibility because these toys don’t necessarily belong to your child. So your children take good care of them, then the toys can be returned in good condition and be shared with other children. Pley offers an assortment of toys that your child can choose from, including legos, doll clothes, electronics, and an assortment of preschool toys!