Ever Refused to Clean Up After Your Kids? This Striking Mom Did!

They are universal questions asked by moms everywhere: Do those socks belong in the middle of the hallway? Do we leave our cereal bowl on the kitchen table? Do you think your bed is going to make itself?

And, yet, somehow, we never seem to get the answers we seek. In fact, we might just have some sort of cardiac arrest if there ever comes a morning -- or afternoon or night -- when we aren't constantly asking our kids to clean up their messes.

But we give Jessica Stillwell points for trying. The Huffington Post's Lisa Belkin reports the mom of three daughters -- age 10 and 12-year-old twins -- declared a strike earlier this month after noticing none of the mess in her messy house was caused by her or her husband.

Now, Stillwell didn't announce the strike to her kids, according to Belkin. The Calgary, Alberta mom just stopped picking up after them. And, as you can imagine, things got really gross: "The dishwasher is overflowing, shoes and backpacks are in the middle of the hallway. Dirty socks, empty gatorade bottles and used kleenex litter the back of my couch," she wrote on the blog she started to chronicle the strike.

Of course, things just got worse from there. Stillwell, who appeared on TODAY this morning (where self-proclaimed neat-freak Matt Lauer high-fived her), said that the girls' lunch sacks were replaced by plastic bags used to collect dog poop, old cereal congealed until it looked like oatmeal and the dog took to licking the dirty dishes sitting in the open dishwasher. Turning green now.

After six (six!!) days, the girls finally noticed that something was just a little bit different than the spotless house they normally inhabited and the strike ended with a two-day family clean-up.

So, did it make a difference?

"They each rinsed their breakfast dishes and put them in the dishwasher," Stillwell told the Huffington Post. "There are three clean, empty lunch kits on the shelf where they belong." However, she also found "a sweater left on my couch and a dirty pair of socks on the stairs."

We're not sure we could withstand the smell of rancid milk for almost a week, but serving up school lunch in the dog poo bags -- we'll keep that one in our parenting arsenal.  

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