Order and cleanliness. Does it need a child? Of course you need! Accuracy, the ability to wash hands and brush your teeth, put things in their places – this is what the concept of order for a 2-year-old child includes.
It would seem that at 2 years it is still too early to talk about accuracy. Here, I think, everything directly depends on the development of fine motor skills. Not so long ago, I noticed for my son the desire to do everything neatly. He can pour water from the kettle into the cup, trying not to spill and stop in time.
Laying the typewriter on a string in the bicycle basket, he diligently, step by step, attaches this string along with the machine. And finally, he learned not to pour juice on his chest from the straw just inserted into the box.
We try to support his striving for accuracy: we praise and rejoice in his achievements.
Summer came and, alas, the amount of dirt eaten by children increased … During the walk, three hands with wet napkins. After the walk I will definitely take my son to the bathroom to wash my hands. Often he does not want to do this. Probably, if he does not see obvious dirt on his hands, he does not consider them dirty.
Sometimes it takes a long time to persuade him to this innocuous hygienic procedure. It’s still too early to explain about germs and worms, you have to refine and be interested in something. For example, I invite him to squeeze the liquid soap on his hands. While it works. True, if his hands are clearly dirty or sticky, he runs to wash without an invitation.
He likes to brush his teeth, there is no problem here. I recently learned how to rinse my mouth: it takes in water and spits it out.
After the walk with the son, wipe the shoes and put them in place.
Everything in its place
The son already knows where and what should lie, therefore, I think it is very important for us now to put things in their places. So, at the same time, you can now start teaching some adults as well.
Stumbled upon a useful information in this regard. For fun, I printed a memo for all family members.
True, with the order in the toys, our son’s opinions diverge dramatically. If for me the order is when the puzzles are laid out in their boxes, for him – when they are all in a row, they are assembled on the floor. If I’m annoyed by the bike and the big car, standing in a row at the door of the refrigerator, then my son is the same items hijacked into the room. This is our order.
The main thing – do not bend the stick
It is important not to overdo it with accustoming to purity, as with all the rest. I calmly feel that my son has soiled his pants, hands, or shoes on the street. But I don’t allow me to slap on dirty shoes in dirty shoes.
Previously, I was sure: if a mother is very clean and obsessed with order, then the children will be the same. But no. The experience of my super clean girlfriend shows that the mechanism here is a bit different. If a mother cannot contemplate the scattered things for a second and immediately quickly puts everything in its place, the children will not clean up after themselves.
Of course, as adults, her daughters adopted a desire for cleanliness and order from their mother. But in childhood she constantly complained that they didn’t clean up after themselves and that they were in a mess in the room. So the child should be given independence in this matter. Then, maybe, the result will be.