Help my kids will not help me!

Sherry - posted on 02/17/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I am a single mom with two girls ages 11 and 7. I ask them over and over to help me around the house. My oldest will only help if her sister helps. My youngest just refuses to do anything, I tell theme that I will just bag up their stuff and throw it away. My oldest starts crying but my youngest is like I don't care I don't want it.
So today I asked them to put all of their stuff in their tubs when I got home nothing was done and even more was out. So I now have everything in my room and they don't get anything back until they can show me that they can help. I am just tired of always cleaning, I never get time to sit and rest. Please any suggestions to get my kids to help me.

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Jodi - posted on 02/17/2014

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When you tell them that you will bag up their stuff and throw it away, do you actually do it? It sounds like this is the first time you have followed through with them. You can't make empty threats. It doesn't work. if you tell your kids what the consequence is going to be, and you don't follow through, of course they don't care.

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