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March 6, 2015

Being your Child’s Maid

Hal photo outside Feb2012“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” (Phyllis Diller)

Model homes are beautiful, but sterile. There’s no personality there. There’s just no way the job gets done. until you stop having troops march their way through your kitchen every day. Trying to make your house perfectly clean all the time is a fruitless activity, and one that will likely lead to resentment and frustration. At the same time, living in filth and chaos tends to weigh everyone in the family down. So, teach your kids how to be responsible for their own things instead of being their full time maid by giving them a deadline and some clear cut consequences. Then relax and let go of all that baggage you’re carrying around about what your house “should” look like. A home filled with laughter and wonder beats a museum-like atmosphere any day of the week.and maybe every now and again, you could rent an industrial strength snow plow.

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