I use two old tried and true tricks concurrently to get my almost 8 year old son to clean his room, and love doing it: Reverse Psychology and bribery.
I tell him that I don’t want him putting away an entire basket of laundry, but only a few pair of pants because if he puts away the whole basket I’ll have to blow a gasket and give him stickers and I don’t want him getting all my stickers!
So then he runs from his room to my room to tell me each time he’s put another piece of clothing away, to get a rise out of me.
I just sit back in the lounger for a bit, because usually I’ve already done a whole morning worth of housework, and it’s his turn now.
After that, he’s so worn out with running up and down the hall 12+ times that he’s happy to sit quietly for another hour in front of the TV upstairs, so I can have some downstairs TV time, for just a bit. ~ Sue
My son just turned 3 and received the Ice Age DVD as a present. We have been watching it over and over, and over and over and over….and over and over again. The other night he wanted to watch it again right before bedtime. It was about 8 and I told him after the movie was over it was bed time. Bed time is usually 9ish for him. SO…. I pressed play and he became glued to the tv as usual. Every time he would get up either for a potty break, or to get more popcorn or to look for a toy…….I PRESSED THE FOWARD BUTTON!!!….TWO or THREE TIMES! In about 20 minutes the movie was over… “Oh buddy look the movie is over, time for bed.” 🙂 GENIUS ~ Emily
Sometimes, when I need to wear a cami or undershirt and don’t have one clean, or sometimes when all the “good” bras have been worn one or two days past the acceptable smell test, and “I don’t have time” to do the laundry, I just febreeze them. The awkward part comes when people ask you what perfume you wear….. ~ Carrie
So, I have a confession to make… We forgot my son at home the other day… On his BIRTHDAY no less… When we went to church. Actually, it was my mom who left him, I was already gone… But still! Poor kid didn’t even know he was home alone! He just played with his new toys… After taking off his tie and coat! ~ Jessica