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  1. OOoooooh yes … very very normal. And if you think your one little boy makes an awful lot of mess … try three of the little terrors. And DUST … how can there be so much dust and dirt accumulated. Even if I sweep three or four times a day (I tried that), there's still more. And within minutes of restoring some sort of order, there's mess again. Yes Alison, most days I feel like tearing my hair out at the bloody mess … I get sick of making excuses to visitors … tired of listening to my threats to throw out any toy remaining on the floor by the count of ten (I've followed through with this threat several times). There's merit in teaching children to clean up after themselves; to take pride in their home; to respect their toys … but for a few more years yet ~ sadly, but for your sanity ~ I think you just have to find somewhat of a balance and relax a little into the chaos.

  2. You certainly can't argue with that! Oh that is wonderful!But yes, Alison, this mess is completely normal. I make mine-5 and 2 (both boys!) do a thorough clean up once a week so I can vacuum, but other than that I insist on a clear path from bedroom door to bed. Makes it much nicer for both me and the boys that I don't have to always spoil the fun to clean, but it took me a while to get there.
    (And sometimes I still have to bite my tongue very very hard.)

  3. OOoooooh yes … very very normal. And if you think your one little boy makes an awful lot of mess … try three of the little terrors. And DUST … how can there be so much dust and dirt accumulated. Even if I sweep three or four times a day (I tried that), there's still more. And within minutes of restoring some sort of order, there's mess again. Yes Alison, most days I feel like tearing my hair out at the bloody mess … I get sick of making excuses to visitors … tired of listening to my threats to throw out any toy remaining on the floor by the count of ten (I've followed through with this threat several times). There's merit in teaching children to clean up after themselves; to take pride in their home; to respect their toys … but for a few more years yet ~ sadly, but for your sanity ~ I think you just have to find somewhat of a balance and relax a little into the chaos.

  4. You certainly can't argue with that! Oh that is wonderful!
    But yes, Alison, this mess is completely normal. I make mine-5 and 2 (both boys!) do a thorough clean up once a week so I can vacuum, but other than that I insist on a clear path from bedroom door to bed. Makes it much nicer for both me and the boys that I don't have to always spoil the fun to clean, but it took me a while to get there.
    (And sometimes I still have to bite my tongue very very hard.)

  5. We hear you, Alison. It is soooo normal and sooooo frustrating. Even if they're 24 years old!!! The mess is confined to his room now, but his room is total chaos. I have tried everything through the years— tears, tantrums, awards, stickers, prizes, CASH…. cleaning it for him… NADA…. I adore him, but I think it is genetic and at times dormant through a couple of generations. My ex husband told me this Christmas in a particularly tender revealing moment, "Honey, I have one terrible problem in my life. I have a lot of good qualities, but I have one terrible one." I thought he might say something else, but he finished his comment. "I like junk." He might as well have said, "I is two." Love you, Alison.

  6. We hear you, Alison. It is soooo normal and sooooo frustrating. Even if they're 24 years old!!! The mess is confined to his room now, but his room is total chaos. I have tried everything through the years— tears, tantrums, awards, stickers, prizes, CASH…. cleaning it for him… NADA…. I adore him, but I think it is genetic and at times dormant through a couple of generations. My ex husband told me this Christmas in a particularly tender revealing moment, "Honey, I have one terrible problem in my life. I have a lot of good qualities, but I have one terrible one." I thought he might say something else, but he finished his comment. "I like junk." He might as well have said, "I is two." Love you, Alison.

  7. I must say it is very abnormal. First, I see no broken toys. Second, where are the crayon marks on the walls? Third, you seem to be missing bodily fluids expelled around the room. Fourth, the diaper is on the boy instead of torn off and played with. Fifth, your son has yet to remove the knobs from the dresser. You are obviously slacking as a mom or your son is just plain strange. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. I must say it is very abnormal. First, I see no broken toys. Second, where are the crayon marks on the walls? Third, you seem to be missing bodily fluids expelled around the room. Fourth, the diaper is on the boy instead of torn off and played with. Fifth, your son has yet to remove the knobs from the dresser. You are obviously slacking as a mom or your son is just plain strange. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I hate to say it Alison, but it doesn't get any better! Just different :)My teenager now (mostly) confines her mess to her room, but the other two (11 and 8) don't care. They come in from school and drop their shoes and socks anywhere on the floor, then it's into the kitchen to make a mess there. Fight over homework, then loll about on the lounge watching tv. And you should hear them if I ask them to do the dishes or clean their bathroom! I swear, I haven't raised my children to be lazy, messy sloths, it's ingrained in them!! I have days when I get so sick of being the only one to do anything around here, but if I don't do it – who will?

  10. I hate to say it Alison, but it doesn't get any better! Just different ๐Ÿ™‚
    My teenager now (mostly) confines her mess to her room, but the other two (11 and 8) don't care. They come in from school and drop their shoes and socks anywhere on the floor, then it's into the kitchen to make a mess there. Fight over homework, then loll about on the lounge watching tv. And you should hear them if I ask them to do the dishes or clean their bathroom! I swear, I haven't raised my children to be lazy, messy sloths, it's ingrained in them!! I have days when I get so sick of being the only one to do anything around here, but if I don't do it – who will?

  11. When my daughter was small, I would clean one end of the house, only to find she had made a mess of the other end. When I would clean that end, she would mess up the other end. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Hi dearie!Normal yes, but do you have to throw in the towel and say "oh well!" ?? I say no. Creative messes, where productive play is happening is a very good thing. I insist on a clean up of that before they move on to the next plan. One mess at a time, cleaning up inbetween. At this young age and for a few more years to come you will need to work with him, training him to clean up with a smile. That means us moms must wear a smile too! Make it a game. Sing or count while you're working. He will learn to enjoy cleaning up if he gets good fellowship with mom or dad in the process, and we make working fun. My older kids still enjoy work best when Mark or I are working with them. They also know how to work on their own. They share in a large chunk of the housework, infact I could not survive without them!! They know they are a vital part of making the home run smoothly. It is a huge investment in time on your part training Fin right now, I understand! I'm there with Noah. But trust me, it will pay-off in a big way!! *Hugs*

  13. Hi dearie!
    Normal yes, but do you have to throw in the towel and say "oh well!" ?? I say no. Creative messes, where productive play is happening is a very good thing. I insist on a clean up of that before they move on to the next plan. One mess at a time, cleaning up inbetween. At this young age and for a few more years to come you will need to work with him, training him to clean up with a smile. That means us moms must wear a smile too! Make it a game. Sing or count while you're working. He will learn to enjoy cleaning up if he gets good fellowship with mom or dad in the process, and we make working fun. My older kids still enjoy work best when Mark or I are working with them. They also know how to work on their own. They share in a large chunk of the housework, infact I could not survive without them!! They know they are a vital part of making the home run smoothly. It is a huge investment in time on your part training Fin right now, I understand! I'm there with Noah. But trust me, it will pay-off in a big way!! *Hugs*

  14. When my daughter was small, I would clean one end of the house, only to find she had made a mess of the other end. When I would clean that end, she would mess up the other end. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I am with the lady who is amazed he is still wearing his nappy! My son would have had his off and stuffed under a teddy somewhere. I have a (almost) 3yr old and an 18 month old and you wouldn't believe the damage they can do in no time at all! I never realised quite what little whirlwinds toddlers could be until I had my own. There's no rhyme or reason to it, they just leave a trail of destruction behind them. I've found the best solution is to put most of the toys away and have less that 10 items out at a time. They don't play with them anyway, I just trip over them! Also it's more fun for them when I get something out that they haven't seen for a while. If they're really playing havoc it's cbeebies everytime! Awful aren't I?

  16. I am with the lady who is amazed he is still wearing his nappy! My son would have had his off and stuffed under a teddy somewhere. I have a (almost) 3yr old and an 18 month old and you wouldn't believe the damage they can do in no time at all! I never realised quite what little whirlwinds toddlers could be until I had my own. There's no rhyme or reason to it, they just leave a trail of destruction behind them. I've found the best solution is to put most of the toys away and have less that 10 items out at a time. They don't play with them anyway, I just trip over them! Also it's more fun for them when I get something out that they haven't seen for a while. If they're really playing havoc it's cbeebies everytime! Awful aren't I?

  17. I had a favorite motto, cross stitched it and framed it, to remind myself…………and after almost 21 years, I still believe it in regards to my daughter…."Cooking and cleaning can wait, babies won't".He's a precious, normal, smart, imaginative, and charming two year old little boy…..absorb his "cuteness" and try not to see the mess. All too soon it ends and just becomes a big boy mess.

  18. I had a favorite motto, cross stitched it and framed it, to remind myself…………and after almost 21 years, I still believe it in regards to my daughter…."Cooking and cleaning can wait, babies won't".
    He's a precious, normal, smart, imaginative, and charming two year old little boy…..absorb his "cuteness" and try not to see the mess. All too soon it ends and just becomes a big boy mess.

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