Just stop. Seriously.
Your half hearted “we are going to go potty then clean up the blocks” to your not even 3 year old was pointless.
What value is there TO HIM in cleaning up the blocks?
So now he went potty and YOU are cleaning the blocks.
Every so often you chase him down, tell him sternly “we are cleaning the blocks” – to which he laughs- then you go back to cleaning the blocks yourself… in silence… and he goes back to running around in pure joy.
My 14-month-old is watching, taking it all in, that’s what bothers me the most. He doesn’t understand this angry Mom, silent to her little one that just wants to play.
I really try to not judge–
Maybe you are exhausted- I’ve been there.
Maybe he has some extra challenges none of mine have.
Please just calm down. He is suppose to resist, suppose to run around instead of cleaning, he’s so little.
If he doesn’t clean this one time I promise he won’t go his entire life unwilling/unable to clean up after himself.
If there is a mess when you walk out the door, more kids will come and play and the mess will get bigger.
The world will not come crashing down.
BUT- if you need the mess cleaned you have to work harder. You have to talk with him the entire time, YOU have to calm down, YOU have to engage with him.
So pick one.
Stick with it.
And have a better day.