Julia - posted on 02/23/2010 ( no moms have responded yet )
To clean or not to clean, that is the question.
With the start of a new school year and an increased social life, Bee's room had become an issue. Actually, it became an issue about a year ago and has just magnified. What is it with teenagers and their rooms. She used to be a very tidy kiwi, sigh.
Anyway much asking has fallen on deaf ears so I tried a different tack. I tidied it for her while she was out on Saturday and have straightened it up each day since. Without intending to, my cleaning up was more like packing her bags for a guilt trip. Yesterday she finally noticed her room had 'miraculously' stayed clean for three days and gingerly thanked me. Today I went in to tidy it up and to my complete surprise, it was done, bed made and everything. Without a word being said she finally 'got it'.
It's funny how all the crazy strategies we plan often fail, but the simplest of things can move mountains.
That's all from me - if off to celebrate finally getting something right