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general ranting

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Ya know when you just have one of them days?  Well, I’ve had one all week.  Between not sleeping & being kinda cranky from that (OK, so more than just kinda) last night it came to a head.  Today I’m going to get the house cleaned up, get the laundry finished then I will not be picking up after everyone anymore.  I’ll still clean the house & do the laundry & all the domestic goddess stuff that I do, but I won’t be picking up kids toys, I won’t be cleaning their rooms, I won’t be picking up their dirty laundry.  My kids are 16, 8 & almost 7.  They are old enough to do these things for themselves.  More than old enough.  Their chores – when they don’t get them finished, I will not be going behind them to finish for them.  They will come back & finish themselves.  If their clothes don’t get into the laundry baskets (I have a basket for whites & one for darks, they are separated when they go in the baskets & once the basket is full, it goes to the laundry room) they just won’t get washed until the next time I wash clothes.  I adore my family, I really do.  But I’m their Mama, not their maid.  And I want my boys to grow up being able to take care of these types of things for themselves & not have to have their wife do it for them.  Does that make sense?  I feel like if I keep doing all this for them, they won’t take the initiative to do anything for themselves.  Plus the I get stressed when I have to go behind them & clean up.  Take showertime for instance.  I go in the bathroom after my youngest 2 take their showers & there’s clothes all over the floor, their towels dropped in a wet heap on the floor, water all over the place.  And don’t get me started on the state of that bathroom.  Let’s just say that boys aim sucks.

I joke & say the cleaning fairy went on strike.  I think that sounds like a plan.  I might go on strike.

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