Trish - posted on 07/23/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )
I could really use some input.
I have 2 step daughters. One is 9 and one is 11. My husband and I have been married for 3 and a half years.
I feel that the girls are at the age where they should be responsible for cleaning up after themselves, but any time I ask them to do so, they either ignore me or tell me how mean I am. Hy husband also seems thinks that it is unreasonable to ask them to be so responsible.
Are they too young to start cleaning up after themselves? The types of things I ask them to do are things like throwing away cheese wrappers after they have made a sandwich or clean up milk they have spilled when they are making a bowl of cereal. Other things are asking them to put their dirty clothes in their rooms and hampers when they have left them in the living room.
I also ask them to clean there rooms once a week. Is that too much?
Any advice or information on how and when other mothers handle teaching their kids to clean is appreciated.