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Old 07-23-2010, 11:42 PM   #8
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Re: How do I do this?

Originally Posted by doodah View Post
I rarely force my 2.5 year old to do anything but I make the alternative or consequence at lot worse than just obeying mommy. I would just leave him sitting by the cereal and tell him he can get up to play whenever the cereal is cleaned up. Wouldn't bother me if he sat there all day. Eventually they will do it and I think it would be better for him to choose himself to obey than being physically forced too. Plus then it is not a battle between you and him. It is just him making a choice and trust me, when everyone else is going about their day and he is stuck sitting on the floor by some crusty old cereal, it would get picked up in a hurry.
ITA, however I must add that I do this and it backfires a lot. When it does backfire the said person who is not listening goes straight to bed knowing when they wake up the mess will still be there for them to pick up.

so that is what my answer is to attitude....BED TIME!
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