Take care.

How do you teach your children to take care of things? I am getting fed up with my son breaking/ripping/pulling something to the point where it has to be thrown away or a tradesperson has to come in to fix it! I have just been up to my son after hearing him banging around in his room. He had pulled up all of the beading around the edges of the laminate in his room.

Obviously I told him off but today I have thrown away four toys (including my daughter's Christmas present) which he has broken. He is three and a half. I am sure he knows he shouldn't do it, so why does he? Will there be a day when he stops wrecking the place? I don't quite know what to do. It is frustrating and we can't afford to replace the toys, or get someone to come and put the beading back down again. My daughter really loved the toy which is now broken. 

Part of me wonders if he is getting used to toys being sent to us to review and therefore just thinks that they are never ending. I hasten to add that we probably only get one new toy a month. Still though, it is more than we ever got before.

So, how do you teach young children to treat things gently and with respect? Or am I expecting too much of him? Is it because he is a boy? I don't remember being rough with my toys when I was younger. This new house is nice and I really don't want him to wreck it. Partly because we can't afford to fix it and partly because I just want to be able to trust him with our things.

What do you do with your children? Are they well behaved or do they break everything?

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  1. Take toys away from him as punishment to teach him that you do not break things. Mine have never done it, neither boy or girl and none of the many children I have looked after hasn't either. Don't give him toys, take away something he loves when he breaks things. Don't let him borrow his sisters toys. Maybe there's a reason so ask him, he's old enough to understand. If not stopped he might do it at a friends house. I find it only take 7 days to change habbits if you're just want it enough!

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    1. It is so frustrating. I have tried taking toys away. He shares toys with his sister and it would be hard for her not to have them too. He wouldn't dream of doing it anywhere else. When he is with the childminder he is impeccably behaved!

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    2. I hope you find out how to stop it. At least you can be proud and happy that he only does it at home and is behaved everywhere els. Children have to misbehave sometimes and it's nicest if it's at home:)Even though of course it's fustrating. Maybe devide their toys, it might make hime take more care if the toys are more special to him. All the best:)

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    3. Thank you! Yes, I am glad that he is a perfect child with other people. His dad is away for six days at the moment so it could be because he misses him!

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  2. With 6 mine break everything, I never see them do it and they all blame each other! Life!

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    1. Yikes! I think I might leave home if I had six!

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  3. I have a daughter and she break everything too. I would take the toys away but I have nowhere to hide them...so what I do if something gets broken it will be thrown out. I tell her that too and she is taking care more. However my problem is not tidying up...but that's kids for you so...I'm trying to get used to it...

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    1. My son is pretty good at tidying up, we have made it into a game we do just before bed! Glad it's not just him who breaks things!

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  4. Mine break everything too :( I don't think they do it on purpose necessarily but the same morning I read your post my toddler had already smashed a plate and two bowls!! CD's are scratched, there's marks on the walls, no wheels on car toys etc. I've put it down as having children and put everything that matters out the way until they're old enough to appreciate it. xx

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    1. Maybe I should cut hi some slack. I just want him to know that some things we really have to be careful with!

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