....how else can I get them to understand that it is THEIR responsibility to clean their rooms and put away their clothes??? I've tried asking nicely, explaining the way things work around here and even getting mildly upset but all that seems to get me is two dragging girls who just fight with each other instead of cleaning up their room so they can be released to the rest of the house!!!
I got mad at them this morning, explaining they are 6 & 8, they are MORE than capable of picking up after themselves and putting away their own clothing. I mean I don't ask them to clean the whole dang house or even do their own laundry. I just want them to pick up their toys and books and put away their clothes!!!
That's not asking too much is it???
I remember when I was younger and my mom would tell us to clean our room, if we didn't do it she would come in and use her arm to clear off our dressers, dumping everything on them onto the floor, making a bigger mess for us to clean up. Then she'd say through her teeth "NOW CLEAN IT ALL UP!" and boy oh boy did we ever!!! But somehow if I were to try to do that now, Peaches would probably curl up and cry and Tink would just continue to goof off. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
I don't want to clean it all for them and have them think that if they stall or goof off eventually Mom will get so frustrated she'll clean it all up for them. 'Cause Heaven knows I don't like cleaning any more than they do but I HAVE to clean, it's basically my job these days, besides taking care of them.
And I hate that I'm so frustrated again!!! It's just plain annoying to feel this way. Am I the only one who feels like this??? Or are there other moms out there who feel like they can't win for trying???
You know, they say "misery loves company" and I could certainly use some company right about now.....*sigh*