I feel awful! I have just finished putting all of my daughters (both of them) toys away in the cupboard where they cannot have them. And I mean all of them.
My girls are 4 and 5 and cannot keep their room clean. They literally have everything all over the floor every day. I am always telling them to put their toys away, pick their clothes up etc etc.
They go into their room to clean it because it is a disgusting mess, and somehow it ends up worse! I have already put most of their toys away a couple of months ago to try to drive my point home. I have been going crazy over it for months and feel like all I'm doing is rousing on them for not cleaning up.
Today I had enough. I gave them a time frame of an hour to clean up their room and told them if they didn't do it, I would be putting all their toys away. So what did they do, nothing. they went outside and played, got more stuff out and made more mess. So and hour later, I went in and packed up EVERYTHING! All I left them was their one bedtime teddy each. And they screamed! They were sobbing hyserically (sp) by the time I finished, and I was so tempted to leave something for them but I didn't.
I told them that they now have to earn their toys back They can do this by keeping their room clean for 3 days in a row, then they may pick on e toy to have back (ie the my little ponies). Then they have to keep them clean as well for 3 days in a row or they will be going away again.
I know I've blabbed on for a while (and thanks for sticking with me if you have ) but my question is this:
Is this too harsh? Am I going too far?
Any comments and suggestions would be great.