Skip to main content

Cleanliness Next to .....

Lately I have struggled with parenting. I have such a varied role these days. I have one daughter who is married and still needs advice from mom. In fact, she wants more advice now than she did just over a year ago. I have a teen who has ended high school and will be looking for a job so that she can begin college. I have a teen boy who believes that he doesn’t need me for anything… except as in the role of cook, chauffer, maid, and money bags. I have a young teen daughter that is beginning to stretch her wings and one lonely 8 year old.


I’ve heard that raising a teenager is like nailing Jell-O a tree. I couldn’t agree more! There are many days I don’t know who I am or how to do me job in our family. Just got to remember, if it was going to be easy, it never would have started with something called labor!

Generally speaking, cleaning one's room is not considered "fun". I set out to change this perspective this week with only two kids at home (2 are EFY and one has moved out, being a married lady and all). Most of the time I feel that our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy. Cleaning your house while your kids are at home is like trying to shovel the driveway during a snowstorm.

I swear the most messy people in the world live at my house! Most of them are turning out to be responsible, kind, loving, well mannered, intelligent, talented, and amazing children. In fact, I am positive that I have not done a remarkable job teaching my children to clean up after themselves. My wake up call really was the blog post my newlywed daughter wrote about cleaning her house and her dishes that took her 3 hours to complete.

Seriously, I just cannot get them to keep their rooms even somewhat clean. I can’t walk into my son’s room. My youngest two daughters insist on carpeting their room with clothes, blankets, books, shoes and toys. Dad had enough of stubbing his toe to tuck in people for bed, so he threatened them… no electronic media time if he came home and it was messy. My problem is, I REFUSE to sit in there room with them while they cleans it. For heaven sake, at 13 and 8 you’d think they could handle that. But my husband is right, it is time for all the children to be more responsible in this area of their lives.

At least I am not alone. Every parent I have ever met has struggled with teaching and trying to get their child to pick up their rooms. Many parents end up nagging, frustrated, disappointed and downright angry. Then the kid feels bad. And then the kid picks up their mess because of how their parents feel and how it makes them feel. Then the kid tries to forget the whole thing and go about being a happy kid again.

There is of course another problem. The whole messy room scenario becomes a cycle. Eventually the room is a mess again, the parents get angry, the kid picks it up and then the kid forgets again. Parents get frustrated because their kids are not consistent. It happens to me all the time.



But I was despite. Thus, our fun activity yesterday was to spend the morning cleaning the girls room and rewarding their efforts with a treat from Dairy Queen. I love bribes!

Comments

  1. Wow! They found the WHOLE FLOOR! I didn't know their room could look this way! Nice work, Girls! Tell them that their cousins are WAAAY impressed! ♥

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Book of Mormon Study... Title page and testimony of the witnesses

According to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “the title-page of the Book of Mormon is a literal translation, taken from the very last leaf, on the left hand side of the collection or book of plates, which contained the record which has been translated, the language of the whole running the same as all Hebrew writing in general; and that said title page is not by any means a modern composition, either of mine or of any other man who has lived or does live in this generation” (History of the Church, 1:71).


That means it’s scripture too! That is why today I start my Book of Mormon study with the title page.

I am part of the House of Israel. My children and their children are a part of the House of Israel. This Book is written for me and for them.

I love that the Title page declares that this book is a “gift”… now this book I am marking will become a “gift” for my grandson. How cool is that? I feel like Nephi, writing my testimony of Jesus Christ and of the gospel plan as I study God’s word so …

An Open Letter to Those Who Hate The School Dress Code

I have noticed a ton of resistance to dress codes in schools.  I have something to say... get over it.  
A dress code is not about body shaming.  It is not about control.  It's not about taking away individuality. The dress code is not about making social divisions.  It is not about taking away individual rights.
A dress code is about keeping a professional environment where real work happens.  Contrary to popular belief, woman don't get to wear whatever they want when ever they want in "the real world." Every profession has some kind of dress code.  Nurses, doctors, real estate brokers, vets, and even McDonald's workers have a dress code.  Even farmers and day labors wear clothing appropriate to the work they do.  School is a professional environment where the student's "job" is to be the student - to learn - and the teachers' job is to open the possibilities in young minds and to create an environment where people - all people - can learn.  Th…

Once-a-Slightly Over Month Cooking

Today may be the last day of the year, but it was the first day of the month around the Boyack house.  Today was Once-a-Month-Cooking day.  The funny thing is that it usually ends up lasting longer than a month.  Our last big cooking day lasted from September to now.  The thing is, I don't always pull from the freezer.  Weekend we cook from scratch.  However, with my voice lessons in late afternoons and sometimes play practice or performance I am too tired to think about dinner.  Making dinner ahead saved me so much money from September to Christmas that I was able to pay for half of Christmas from the savings from the food budget.  Plus, we had much healthier meals!

After collecting which recipes we wanted to make, and making a shopping list, John headed to the store around noon.  We started the cooking and assembly around 1:00 and ended all the cooking by 7:00.  In that time we made 35 dinners.  We have the fix-in's in the cupboard to make 15 more quick and easy meals.  We …