Another on the way

Liz - posted on 10/23/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )




Hi all.
I have three young children. Malachi is four and a half, Alexa and Eden will be three and two in November, and I have just found out I am pregnant with number four. All our children are extremely strong willed (plus my hubby added a strong willed dog to the mix) and I feel as though I hit my head against a brick wall most days. Then my hubby comes home and complains about the state of the house. He is a cleanie and I am not so much! But then he jumps on the computer and does nothing cause he knows getting me upset will either result in me cleaning until the house is squeaky clean or having a good cry.
How do other people deal with it when you feel all alone.
Ohh and our family live two days drive away so I have no back up.


Sarah - posted on 10/23/2009




What might help is trying to get the kids to help clean. It will not be the "cleanest" but maybe that will help overall. Don't do it all at once, just everyday do one little thing to clean. One easy thing my kids love to help with is dusting. I would spray the dust rag and then point out what needed to be dusted. You can create this into a game or get cool gloves or hand rags that would be fun for them to use. It won't be done the best and not all things will they be able to do (maybe as they do the ones they can you do the ones they can't). For laundry have them bring you clothes that need to be washed or clothes that need to be folded. Dishes they can help set the table and clean off the table if not too messy. The 4 yr old could also help with washing some dishes with your help. I would just make a list of chores and then do one or two chores a day. Making it fun, but not your whole day. Picking up toys could be an everyday chore. My house looks like a tornado came through while we are playing. But we pick up twice a day (once before we eat lunch and once before we go to bed). This would be a good chore for all the kids to do. Again do it with them, but give them tasks they can do. For example I will tell one to pick up the baby doll stuff and another one to pick up the kitchen stuff. Just having the toys picked up at the end of the night makes me feel much better about the house and not so much in a chaos.

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