Hi everyone, I'm having a terrible time here and really need some help. I just started a home daycare. I have 5 kids: 2 young -2 year olds, 2 young -3 year olds, and one 16 month old (mine). I know that isn't a lot of children, but I am having the worst time with managing their behavior. I can get them to do circle time and snack and things like that, but the over all feel of the room on most days is simply chaos. They're all over the place making a huge mess, and fighting with each other constantly. Trying to get them to clean up after themselves, or stand against the wall to wait their turn to wash their hands, is impossible. I feel like I spend all my time cleaning up after them and handling disputes. I want to be able to sit down with them and play or work on things, but I can't seem to get more than 2 minutes at a time. They just don't play nicely with the toys or each other. I emptied a lot to the bins and took away some of the more delicate toys, but I can't take away blocks and books. I have one child who likes to go around and grab every toy or book she can find, and pack them into boxes for me to have to sort through later. I have another one who dumps and tramples toys; another that throws toys. One of them is a hoarder, and if any of the kids come near her when she's playing, she screams at them and pushes. One of my boys grabs and pulls on the other kids, or out right lays on top of them. It is all just too much! I don't know where to begin. I have great classroom management skills with older kids, but none of those tricks seem to work with these kids, and I don't want to put them in time out all the time. What am I supposed to do? I do positive reinforcement ("Jane is sitting in her chair") and even try to reward with stickers, but it isn't working. I have worked so hard for this, and feel like it is all falling apart. I just don't know what I'm doing wrong. I am so upset. Please help!