So, about this housework nonsense. (m)

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So, about this housework nonsense. (m)
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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 2:32pm
I was mulling over the monsterous threads below. And, I couldn't even really enter into the debate on how much time is spent (or not spent) doing housework.

Call me a mean mommy, but my kids do it. I spend Saturday cleaning, and Sunday relaxing. They keep it clean during the week. I put my foot down a while ago, and said ENOUGH. With one load of laundry done a day, and two loads of dishes, and a sweep and a vacuum now and then, my house stays company clean all week.

So, pardon me if it was brought up below, but how do the kids figure into the housecleaning schedule?

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 2:41pm
No, I don't think it *has* been brought up.

My mom WOH worked in the evenings too so my sister and I would clean up dinner and wash the dishes. On Saturdays, we vacuumed and cleaned the bathrooms. Boy, that sounds like we were "cinderella" LOL but I remember it as something we were supposed to do.
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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 2:45pm
The thread is certainly monsterous. Maybe we can break into more subthreads to avoid the infinite threads that are debating 5 different things!

My 20 month old is excused from household cleaning. My 6 year old is expected to keep his room clean, put his plate in the sink and pick up his toys from the yard and the living room. Right now, our yard looks like Sanford and Sons and he is going to clean it up tonight.

He also helps me wash dishes and carry laundry into the house. I am trying to convince him to feed the dogs but he told me he was only 6 and he had too many chores! I was too busy laughing to make him do it.

I still can not get him to keep his room clean. I have confined him to his room until it was clean. I have taken toys to the attic and I have taken a trashbag in and started throwing away trash (his art treasures and tinfoil balls) Nothing has really worked.

Kristi

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Mallory (age 3)

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 2:45pm
Joel really loves some kinds of housework...so I let him do that stuff, plus some that he hates, just to build character. ;-)

He enjoys cleaning bathrooms...and who am I to stop him? He really digs toilet scrubbing. Again, he's welcome to it. He sweeps and scrubs both the bathroom and kitchen floors, another of his favorites. I recently had to replace my vacuum and got one with an adjustable handle, so he can do it either kneeling down or in his chair.

He hates folding laundry (it's hereditary) but I make him do it anyway. He is clutter-magnetic and I'm working on getting him to stay on top of that, but that's a really hard road to travel.LOL We're working diligently toward getting his room easy to get around so he can do the upkeep on that himself. Unfortunately with him it requires so much effort to get things to the point where he can do them, it's really much easier for me to do it myself...so his "helping" is really just preparation for life for him, moreso than a help to me.

That's all I can think of that he does on a regular basis. And of course there's always that job description catch-phrase..."and any additional duties assigned by management."

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 2:50pm
MY 20 month old CAUSES much of the housework :)

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 2:53pm
Mine too! He had poptarts scattered all over the floor this morning. Last night he ate pasta and had it all over the place.

After reading the Libra discussion, I realized mine is a Libra too. I looked it up and I am not sure if I am glad or not.

Kristi

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Mallory (age 3)

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 3:00pm
You're my hero.

We used to do it when we were kids too, every Saturday morning (forget cartoons). If our drawers weren't straightened to moms liking she pulled them out, dumped them and we started all over.

I'm trying very hard to get my kids to do more. I have to get over the problem I have with knowing that it's just quicker and easier to do myself, and I'm getting better. I no longer remake their beds when they make them, I just deal with the fact that it's not perfect but at least they did it. If they want allowance (which they do), they have to earn it. Right now they set and clear the table, empty the dishwasher (sometimes if I don't get to it first), take out trash, empty their hampers and if I manage to catch them at home when they're bored, they will vacuum and dust. Dusting is perfect for the little one, he's closer to the ground so those baseboards are a cinch for him. They grumble and act like they're in agony the whole time but you know what? Tough!


Edited 6/18/2003 3:03:11 PM ET by trip59

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 3:03pm
What day of October 2001 was yours born?

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 3:07pm
Mine is October 5th. We are working on taking his pacifier away this week. I cut holes in them and he is still sucking on them. I guess I am going to have to go cold turkey. What a fun weekend-dealing with pacifier withdrawal.

What day is yours?

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 3:09pm
You're braver than I am. He's October 16. We're going to let the binky ride - he isn't too interested in it anymore, but sometimes at night or naps he likes it with his bunny. Heaven forbid his purple bunny is dirty!!

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 4:01pm
My kids definitely help. All but the 9 year old do their own laundry (but he folds his own and puts it away). They all pitch in on everything when I ask them to. I don't make the messes so I make whomever did responsible for cleaning up after themselves. Hubby included. All the kids take turns cleaning their bathroom, and I never clean their rooms.

I mainly keep the kitchen clean myself because I like it done a certain way, but everything else I have help on. However, if I wanted help, I'd ask for it.

I think the longer hours of cleaning were mostly when they were babies and toddlers.

Cindy

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