Title: Clean Up Your Room!

Word Count: about 1200 words

Abstract:

Parenting experts Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott and H. Stephen Glenn, authors of the Positive Discipline series, say kids’ messy rooms are one of the top two complaints from parents of children of all ages. A home organizing expert explains how to deal with this common parenting issue.

Excerpt:

“Clean up your room!”

“Why? It’s fine!”

“It’s a DISASTER!”

Has this sort of exchange ever happened in your house? If so, you’re not alone. Parenting experts Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott and H. Stephen Glenn, authors of the Positive Discipline series, say kids’ messy rooms are one of the top two complaints from parents of children of all ages. (the other top complaint is homework – but that’s a subject for another article!)

Battles over cleaning (or NOT cleaning) their bedrooms had become a weekly sore spot between me and my two kids. Something had to give.

“It is possible to have a semblance of order in your children’s rooms,” say Nelsen and co-authors in Positive Parenting A-Z. They made it sound so simple. I wanted to know: HOW?

Through extensive field research with both parenting and home organizing experts, I learned that there are two critical components to addressing room cleaning battles…

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