Usually, for me, Fridays are pretty uneventful. But I got to tell you this month has been pretty crazy! Today, Ben let me sleep in. If I don't have a kid or alarm to wake me up, I could seriously sleep all day. I just about did, because I didn't wake up until noon!!!
Then the dishes were out of control, so I put a tiny dent in those as soon as I got the gang feed and baby down for a nap. Sometimes I feel like a short order cook, because everyone likes something different. I usually don't make a big deal of it at lunch because everything they want is pretty simple. Dinner, they eat what I make or don't eat (they usually ALWAYS eat what I make after staring at it for a few minutes).
Then once again I sent the boys to their rooms and gave them 3 hours to clean it or there would be consequences. I have been trying to get them to clean their rooms for a month now. Now that dad's home, I am ready to stand up to the little squirts. They didn't take me seriously once again, so this time, after the 3 hours, we but a movie on in the living room and Ben and I made some "adjustments" to their sleeping arrangement.
First of all, having their own rooms is a privilege not an entitlement. Since they couldn't take care of their room, then they would now be sharing one. Secondly, if they didn't appreciate their toys, then maybe they needed to have a break from them too. So Ben and I packed all their toys away in bins and put them in one room, and moved Nephi's bed into Sam's room. What do they have in their room now? They have a huge book shelf full of kid's books, their clothes and shoes, and their beds. They will be allowed to have one bin of toys at a time starting tomorrow. Don't think we are being TOTALLY horrible. They will have the chance to earn back their toys AND their own bedrooms as they show us they can be respectful to their things, their rooms, and to us.
I have tried many different ways to motivate them to be more responsible... but they just don't seem to care. They get it, they just don't care. Hopefully, this will help them to understand what is expected out them and they will respect us a little more too. Even though, Sam told me that I was "fired" from being his mom.
Life is so hard when your a naughty little guy....
PS How do you motivate your kids to clean their rooms or keep them clean?