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I am still struggling to figure out how to get my two-year-old daughter to "actually sweep." She likes to get out the broom, but then wants to trade with me, use my big broom that I am using for modeling, and have me use the little broom. (I've found this with many Montessori activities, where the idea is to provide little tools for little hands, that what she wants to use is the big tool that I am actually using.) Then she gets frustrated when trying to push things around on the floor, other than scattering the crumbs I've gathered into a dust pile. We've asked her to sweep up after herself after she throws or crumbles food on the floor (as I understand it, again, from Montessori principles) and maybe she's associated the sweeping and cleaning with being "bad"? The idea was introduced to her via Grover on Sesame Street who pretended to be a "bad guy" in a book, and now she likes to do "bad guy" things, like crumble food on the floor. Making a mess and being bad were associated for her by her father, against my better judgment. Could this association have robbed the joy from this practical-life activity for her? Am I making it too difficult? I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.
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Dec 29, 2018