Do you have a daughter whose bedroom floor is a mine field?
Well, you are not alone.
My wife and I were fed up with stepping on toys and papers in our daughter’s bedroom. We stood over her while she cleaned it up.
But a week or so later, we found her room in the same condition. This time we warned our daughter that we were serious and the next time we would confiscate everything that we found on the floor.
Her behavior did not change.
So the third time came and my wife and I scooped up everything into a big box and put it in the master bedroom.
Our daughter let out the loudest and longest cry. It was the biggest fake cry I have ever heard, even to this day.
For fear of losing all her stuff, she begged us to give it back. She made a long list of promises.
A day later I walked her to her room and whispered that if she just pushed her things under the bed or into the closet, so they were out of sight, we would not have a problem.
When our daughter once again promised to keep her room clean, we gave her back the box of her belongings. From that day forward, her room looked a lot better. There was stuff under the bed and in the closet, but we could walk around the room without stepping on anything.
Everyone lived happily ever after.
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