Mar. 20: Please learn my kids stuff

I know I speak for many parents when I say how frustrating it is to tell your kids the same things, over and over, and they STILL don’t get it. There are the standards, like:

  • meanmomWash your hands
  • Wipe your feet
  • Clean your room
  • Turn lights off when you leave a room
  • Do your homework before you go out and play
  • Don’t fart in the car

My children fail at these standards 70 percent of the time, or it seems that way. Grrrrr! But there are other concepts they refuse to learn, too, the ones that you think are common sense but find, in many unfortunate ways, that they are not common sense to your (apparently) deaf children. For instance, I actually had this conversation the other day:

Me: OK, I just picked up four towels off the floor of your bathroom. If a towel falls down, PICK IT UP.

Jack: But what if it’s Katie’s towel?

Me, incredulous and through clenched teeth: YES, even then.

Since it seems my kids still haven’t learned the things I’ve repeatedly tried to teach them, I’d like to suggest a possible solution.


I’m not being Lazy Momma; I’m simply out of ideas after my gazillionth effort to get my kids to follow some really basic rules. Maybe they’ll listen to someone else. It takes a village, right? So, just for a couple hours one day, maybe we could teach each other’s children how to be decent human beings. Perhaps hearing it from someone else’s mouth can make the difference? Besides the ones listed above, here are a few of the ideas I want my children to grasp:

  • Clean clothes belong in your dresser and/or closet; dirty clothes go in a hamper. There is absolutely no debate on this issue.
  • Garbage goes in a trash receptacle, not on the ground and not on your bedroom floor.
  • If you spill something, clean it up. If you don’t know how to clean it up, ask.
  • Food in your bedroom = ants in the whole house.
  • If you’ve washed your hands thoroughly, the hand towel should not be filthy.
  • You can’t wear the same [article of clothing] five days in a row. Two is probably pushing it.
  • Do not leave the house without having brushed your teeth. This is another “no debate” thing. Bonus: you’ll make friends!
  • You may “hate” your sibling, but you still need to treat him/her decently.
  • A glob of toothpaste in the sink turns to cement if you don’t clean it up immediately. And it’s really easy to clean up immediately…. so… clean it up immediately.
  • Would it kill you to offer to help out with household chores?
  • Your toys (iDevices, video game consoles, sports gear) are expensive. Treat them with care.
  • Seriously, stop farting in the car.

I’m ready to draw up a chart to schedule all our children to rotate houses until we’re not embarrassed to release them to the general public. Yes?




1 comment:

  1. I'd love to stop having to remind my children to flush the toilet after leaving the bathroom. Every. Time. And yes I've already tried the picture chart that lovingly illustrates exactly what they should do after using the potty from flushing, to washing hands to turning off the light. I think they think it's a chart of things to skip because they rarely do any of them without verbal prompting.


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