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Wednesday, July 21, 2010


I just can't understand my son some days.  He has been told that, in order to go on vacation on Friday, his room must be completely clean and he must help me clean the rest of the house.  (Why is it that I have an impulse to leave the house clean?  Am I crazy?)  If he doesn't, he will be staying in town with my husband, who couldn't take so much time off from work right now.

So, what does he do?  He has had two full days already to clean up his mess.  Has he done it?  Hell no.  He has made progress, but then winds up creating a new disaster which he then refuses to clean.  Right now, he is sitting out on the back deck pouting because I asked him to bring the laundry in off the line.  I just don't get it.  Why can't he just do the things I ask?  Is it that he is so ornery that he won't honor my requests?  Is he just plain lazy?  I know the chores are not too hard for them.  Maybe he doesn't want to go on vacation at all.

So, there he sits, moping on the deck, while I work my tail off inside.  Oh, okay, while I sit on the computer.  But, hello? It is still quite early (10 AM) and I'm catching up on my news and gossip.  A girl is entitled, right?  Okay, okay, back to work it is.


  1. such a mean mommy to actually request that your child clean up his messes.. tisk, tisk ;) how old is he again? have you ever tries a reward system w/ him to get him to be more helpful? as if vacay isn't enough, i know, but maybe that's too big for him to grasp or something. i dunno. sure hope he changes his tune and starts helpin' out!

  2. He's nine and we've tried everything. Silly bands worked most recently, but he now has an arm-full. Maybe they're like pogs, though- the more the better.


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