I saw an article written by a working Mom who was trying to tell me that my kids would do their chores if I made them fun. I looked up the word chore in the dictionary and oddly, none of the synonyms are “fun.” The synonyms I found are work, task, job and those all rhyme with adult. Beyond the bad parenting, the obvious question is, “What planet does she live on?” as I try not to lie to my children. Far be it from me to mention the time taken to write the article could have been better spent doing the chores you think your kids will do because they’re “fun.” She actually posited that I could teach my kids to make their beds with hospital corners if we sang while doing it. Unless I’m singing about giving them a car, I can’t get them to hit the laundry basket in their rooms. I’ve come to believe my kids think the best way to protect flooring is to keep it covered with clothes because usually wading through their rooms is like slogging through a tar pit. I tie a rope around the staircase and my waist just in case I need to pull myself to safety. I think my son has a recliner in his room but I haven’t seen it in 3 years and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t even know the drawers in his dresser go both ways because he’s never pushed one in. One look at his dresser and you think the house has been burglarized. And my daughter has been collecting stuffed animals for so long, her bedroom looks like the back room in Noah’s Ark.
Household chores, as a rule, are a pain any way you look at them but they still need to be done. If you have dogs and cats that shed, you can’t go two days without sweeping or the stone and wood floors look like they’re covered in moss. If I could just donate (or sell) pet hair, someone could make topcoats for Rush Limbaugh and Oprah with enough left over to make matching sweaters for Mike & Molly. For us it’s pretty easy though since there always seems to be a small lake around the dogs’ water bowl, so we just run the mop around the bowl and by the time that area is dry, the mop is wet enough to do the rest of the floor. Of course, when we’re done the mop looks like a Chia pet exploded.
I do a reasonable amount of the laundry in our house…because I’m one of two people in the house who know we have a laundry room. I have kids who don’t believe in the Tooth Fairy but think clean clothes arrive by magic. Anyway, laundry is not hard and except for wanting to physically harm whoever invented dryer sheets, I don’t have a problem. Dryer sheets are a curse foisted upon us as they are supposed to soften clothes and keep them from sticking together but you can never find them in the dryer because they’re always stuck hiding in some sleeve or trouser leg. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been walking around and one starts sliding down my leg and, when that happens, your first thought is always that an insect or small animal is trying to get free so you end up shaking your leg like you’re having a seizure, only to have this little rumpled square of polyester laugh at you as it slides out of your trouser leg while you’re talking to your boss. I’ve decided dryer sheets are the children of laundry. You can’t find them when you need them but they’re always around when you don’t want them.
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