This may be a little off topic but here goes.
I know there are clean houses out there with kids but how do they do it.
I have a four year old and a six month old baby, and I just can't find
enough time to get every thing done and spend time with the kiddos.It seems
that every time I start to clean I get called away. The house isn't a total
wreck and we are not slobs the problem areas are the kitchen, bathroom and
the laundry(every I turn around it grows a foot higher) . Any helpful hints
or suggestions on how to make better use of my time would be greatly
appreciated. I 'm depending on all the experienced stay at home moms and
dads I need help.
I've taught many 5-year old children to clean and to clean up after
themselves. Show them simple tasks--one way they learn is by mimicking
adults. I'm not certain about 4-year old children, but I'm sure they
can be taught too. It will pay off for you and your children in the
long run. I allow kids to get messy, but I also require them to clean
up (and they do a good job of it). Start them off early and it will
be easier later on. I am amazed how many adults say "that child can't
do that," then the child lives up to that expectation rather than
Now I'll give you a cynical response...
I don't think it's possible to maintain high standards of
cleanliness when you have kids that age. As Phish pointed out, kids
can be trained -- up to a point. On the other hand, children are
basically a source of gratuitous sound, mess, and violence.
I'd do two things:
- confine them to only certain areas (if you have
a basement room, that would be ideal);
- excepting McD's, keep them out of restaurants and
all other public places;
- never buy them a computer
Then I'd hire a housekeeper, take three Valium, and buy a dog. The
dog will make things so bad that you will be forced to give up.
The really great thing is that is gets worse. Just wait till they
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