Takeh, my son, scatters his toys all over the living room every day.
Ishi was so annoyed that he decided to put only “the ten toys that are the hottest for him right now” in the living room.
So we also put away the train toys and the Montessori teaching tools, which are becoming tools that he knocks on the floor when he gets desperate.
He has not yet mastered the art of “organizing” and “putting things away,” but he is beginning to develop his own rules and obsessions.
When we go to the park, he sometimes makes up his own rules, such as “first play on this piece of equipment. If he is not allowed to play according to these rules, he cries and protests to his parents.
Since he is not particular about everything, it is difficult for parents to know how far to go in helping him.
Fortunately, he changes his mood from one moment to the next. He cries in a flash and then his mood is back on track in a flash. We are able to support his play as we observe his joy, anger, sadness, and pleasure.
If parents can guide him in this special way, he will be able to do things spontaneously like “put away his toys after playing” or “brush his teeth after eating. But these things are not very motivating to him, so it may be difficult for him to learn to behave.