So much for playing in the snow today……
The boys were told to clean up the kitchen last night….which they half did.
So I left the rest of the mess for them to clean up….I was going to keep them up doing it but Hubby said no, make them go to bed.
When they got up, they ate breakfast then spent the morning and early afternoon “re-cleaning” the kitchen to the the specs that mommy likes.
The rest of the dishes were handwashed, then the counters were all wiped down and the floor swept. They now have the responsibility of doing the kitchen after each meal for this week. DD will be responsible for unloading the dishwasher and they have to do the rest.
Onto DD….She was told to clean the bathroom…..everything got stufffed under the counter and in the closet….what she was told to do wasn’t done…she now has to do the bathroom everyday….She was told again today to do the bathroom and again it was half done…When they finish cleaning up from lunch, she and I will go back into the bathroom and while I sit on the tub I will direct her again to the proper cleaning of the bathroom.
I hate that we are even having to do this….it is such a waste of time….especially mine if I am having to stand over them directing. This is where my frustration comes in because there is so much more that I need to be doing. But this is all a part of their training to being responsible people.
These are skills they will carry with them into adulthood when they are living out on their own. I want them to care about their surroundings and how they live…..they may move out and live like slobs…but at least they will have the skills to manage and clean what they mess up.
The boys will also be preparing dinner this week under my supervision and guidance…….any one who knows me will know that the greater part of this lesson will be whether or not I can keep from taking over….I have been told that I have a tendency to micromanage projects…..
A fact that my children have even picked up on…..they have learned that if they can just frustrate me…I will take over sweeping the floor or wiping down the counters or cleaning the toilet.
You know it’s bad when they even tell people that come over….if mommy goes to show you how to do something….just go sit down because she will do it all…………….hmmmm
Mommy is trying to get out of that one…..but I did get my daughter back on that one….she was sweeping the floor with the broom and swishing everything up into the air….again I stopped her and showed her how to hold the broom down and sweep without spraying everything into the air in the kitchen. She went and sat down at the table…..I knew what was running thru her head…so I took the broom and spread all the dirt back around the floor after just sweeping it into a nice pile…then looked at her and smiled…I handed her the broom and said now sweep it again…..The look on her face was priceless…..
What’s a mother to do when her children figure out how to use your little quirks to their advantage……definitely keep them off balance….that’s all you can do…….but I love them too much to not make sure they know how to take care of themselves and their future spouses and children.
I could write forever on this topic alone…..I am the only one that really cares how my children grow up…..so i guess I will write what I want….
One more thing then I will stop…..while the boys were getting the veggies cut up for the baked stew….CR starts to sing the song from the Swedish Chef from the Muppet show…they were having a ball in there…CR and RR singing the Swedish chef’s “Bork,Bork” song…….Okay…You would have to appreciate the Muppet’s to really get that one…….
Just in case someone else reads this and is wondering….My children are of an age to have and be responsible…..they are 10,11 and 13. Sooooo