I am an unemployed stay at home mom and as such I figure I have plenty of time to do all the chores and shopping etc. My boys have the responsibility to keep their rooms clean, make their beds, put away their laundry, take out the trash and recycling and anything else I ask them to do. (sweep, mop, nothing major).
Yeah, I give them an easy life. This week I find it is totally backfiring on me. I have been sick for 3 days now and the laundry is piling up as is the housework. Before they left for school today I put them on notice that when they get home there is no TV, no Wii, no fun, until this house is spotless and laundry is taken care of.
What’s the problem? I am somewhat of a control freak. If I ask them to dust and sweep and mop the kitchen and wash dishes – I will need to hover to make sure it is done right, totally defeating the purpose of having them help me so I can rest and get over this sickness. I cannot even bear to think about them cleaning the toilets….How do I let go of the perfection I expect and just accept their effort without redoing everything later?
I appreciate all your suggestions…..
(Crawling back to bed to lay my head down until school’s over for the day.)
UPDATE – the boys did an awesome job and took great satisfaction in the results. I rested, directed a teensy bit, but mostly left them to do it their own way. I am so very proud of them. Prince Squiggy has asked to do the bathroom every time it needs it. I said sure.