You know your two-year-old is a neat-freak when...
... he throws a tantrum when you forget to have him help clean up the toys.
... he snatches toys away from other toddlers... in order to put them neatly in the box and put the box back on the shelf.
... his one ambition in life is to get the Windex when mama isn't looking and do some clandestine cleaning on his own.
Seriously, this child cracks me up. I have never run across this trait in a child before, and it's (mostly) adorable. I'm doing my best to encourage his neat habits rather than to shoo him out of the way (my natural instinct).
One of our favorite things is when this child discovers a mess of any kind. He will immediately run to me, highly alarmed, and say, "Mama! Mama! Oh, NO!" in the most mournful of tones. It's extremely adorable.
The 2yo and our eldest (the 8yo) simply couldn't be more different in this area. We could set a bomb off in our home and the 8yo would still say, "Mess? What mess? I don't see any mess." He may or may not take after a close-relative-who-will-not-be-named but who is similarly oblivious to messes.
It never ceases to amaze me how different children of the same parents can be!
|Asleep with his beloved scrub brushes.|