When you have kids, it goes without saying that you have tons of toys, sports equipment, and basically junk that needs to be organized and cleaned. We have been asking around and have discovered that things range from moms who don't have the kids clean anything to kids who are totally responsible for their own rooms and everywhere in between.
I’m all for making kids responsible for cleaning their own rooms (admittedly, sometimes without much success), having them put away their own laundry, and help with a few other simple chores. However, I usually end up in a cycle of: I say “clean your room” and threaten loss of privileges when they aren't doing it; they grumpily clean up; and then within a few days, the room's a mess and the cycle starts again. Not fun! A couple weeks ago when a friend asked me what I was doing and my reply was "getting the kids to clean their rooms." She said, "you're always doing that" and its true. Things have got to change. I'm just not sure how to do it.
I've got friends who spend more time cleaning up for their than I do, but less time arguing about it. I’m looking for a middle ground so that I'm not having a weekly argument about cleaning with grumpy kids, but I'm not just running around cleaning up after them either.
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