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have 14 kids.
I do not need 1000 ideas for turning toilet paper rolls into crafts. I need a 1000 ideas on how to get my kids to put them in the garbage when they use the last square.
I have 14 kids.
I also do not need 25 DIY Ideas to Recycle my Potential Garbage.
I already struggle to convince my children it is okay to toss out the used Kleenex from 2nd grade given to them by their favorite teacher before they were diagnosed with strep throat. I do not need to encourage them to make their Trash into Treasures. Just. No.
And, no offense, #20? I don’t know about you, but I don’t have four spare (matching) colanders sitting around my house. And if I did, I would consider them Potential Goodwill Donations not Potential Garbage.
What I really need is 25 Ideas to Get My Children to Declutter Their Toys and Pare Down Their Scab Collection.
And I simply cannot believe I have been missing out on the Keep Your Room Clean Kit all these years. I know it is a common concern among parents: how do we get our children to spend more time in front of screens? How can we motivate them to spend more time on the computer? More time playing video games? Here is the solution, my friends! The description reads:
“A 6 step fun program full of games and challenges, designed to establish the GOOD HABIT of keeping your room clean. Secretly teaching: Follow Through, Staying on Task, Basic Computer Skills, Orderliness, Making Good Choices, Perseverance… Included: Johnny, Clean your Room! book “Clean Your Room Game & Challenge” – CD-ROM 4 Award Certificates The Goal/Task Wheel Challenge Timer Ages 3-7 MADE IN THE USA!”
As far as I understand it, this is a computer program to teach your children to clean their room. No need to get down and dirty and actually clean your room. Not when you can learn Orderliness and Making Good Choices on the computer.
I’ve also been tempted to give the The House Fairy a try, but I’m too cheap to spend the $14.95 a month, which leaves me the age-old tradition of yelling and wait until your father gets home. <—- And since he’s sitting on the couch right now, reading a book, the kids simply aren’t taking me seriously.
I will most definitely be investing in Housework Motivation Hypnosis, Power Through Chores, Laundry, Dishes and Floors with Binaural Beats for myself, however. I can clearly see that a little hypnosis and binaural beats is what has been missing from my cleaning routine.
And if you’re feeling overwhelmed by doing all the work yourself, you may want to read the article How to Get Your Husband to Help Out Around the House. It includes helpful tips like
Make a date with your husband to discuss the chores. Schedule your date after a fun day or at the end of the work week––just avoid booking time immediately following an argument or when something else has your husband’s attention. Grab some wine, get away from the kids (and the TV), and bring your list to the date.
Wow, talk about a bait and switch. I’m not sure this is the best way to approach asking for help.
Or how about
Part 4: Make a rewards system. This should go both ways. Try alternating tasks and rewards. Whoever cleans the bathroom this week gets to pick what movie you watch on movie night. Whoever cleans out the fridge gets a twenty-minute back rub before bed.
And honestly, does it ever end with just a back rub?
It think it might be easier and more effective to simply order him his very own Keep Your Room Clean Kit.
What are your amazing Turn Garbage into Clutter and Manipulate Your Husband tips? Please, share in the comments.