Why won’t my kids clean up after themselves? I’ll tell you why. I think it is because I am making a horrible mommy mistake. One that I am going to admit to you now. One that you might be making. Maybe it isn’t too late for you to turn things around. I’m still holding on to hope that I can change my ways. The fact that my children are downright slobs probably has a lot more to do with me than it does with them…and here’s why:
I don’t like noise, I don’t enjoy fighting. And my kids know this. So when they don’t want to do something–like clean up–they put up quite a fuss and fight me every step of the way. And I give up. To stop the noise, to stop the fighting–I just do it myself. Oh, they have got my number and I don’t like it!
I have tried to make it fun. I have tried to bribe them. I have promised the moon. I have threatened. I have taken away their prized possessions. I have given in to their whims as reward. I have bundled up everything on the floor and thrown it in the trash–prized possessions included. Nothing works consistently. I still end up doing most, if not all of the work. It is beyond frustrating. I can either live in a pig sty, fight tooth and nail to get them to clean up, or do it myself.
I’m tired of fighting and I prefer not to live in a pig sty– HELP!
Please leave your comments and suggestions below before I suffocate under a pile of stuffed animals and other debris of childhood. Have you found the answer? I am obligating you to spill it–and thanking you in advance!