It’s time to take drastic measures. One of the kids has always been messy. The other kid’s room was somewhat clean because it was rarely used other than to sleep in. Now that’s changing. I really don’t know what’s happening. We will not take blame for it because like seasons, the way the kids act changes all the time. They grow in phases.
What’s going on?
I know I can’t be the only one with kids who change their clothes, drop them on the floor and walk over them as if it’s now a part of the floor. Like, really? Who does this? I know I can be a little cluttery with papers and stuff, but my clothes don’t hit and stay on the floor. That’s why we bought a bench to place at the end of the bed. My drawers are a little over stuffed like most people, but I do work hard at keeping that under control.
But back to the kids. Why is it that any piece of trash never seems to make it to the garbage can RIGHT NEXT TO IT? Are the kids blind? Oh, and what about the socks he/she just took off that love to rest NEXT TO the clothes basket?
I just don’t think it’s normal for parents to have to say every day, “Go clean your room!” I mean really…if the kids could just pick up after themselves WHILE they’re making the mess all would be good.
One of our trouble spots in the house used to be the basement. Of course this was due to the abundance of toys the kids once had. For awhile, my husband would dedicate each weekend where he would have the kids throw out 5 toys that they didn’t want or play with any longer. Now we’re down to Legos and a few cars.
But all of this has been replaced with sports equipment, digital devices, and randomness in one of the kid’s rooms. I gave birth to a pack rat. I’m literally afraid that if we don’t get a handle on creating clean habits, their college roommates are going to have a tough time living with my kids.
I created a simple chart which will help the kids, even yours, start to develop clean habits.
Disclaimer: This may or may not work for your kid.
I have no idea so….you can’t say that you blame me for it not helping your situation.
I do know that you have to stay after your kid. I’m going to attach some points to it which will be traded in for time spent doing something fun. I’m tired of always taking the iPod or Nintendo Switch away because chores aren’t done. We’re tired of asking and I’m sure the kids are tired of being asked.
I heard from a radio psychologist that if you give kids a chance to earn something, you’ll have a much better outcome and change a negative situation into a positive one. Let’s hope this works.
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