Reply Hey Mom! Learn more about the Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up Plan!
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-19-2012, 08:14 PM   #1
Leiiki's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: WI
Posts: 4,869
My Mood:
What should I tell DD about chores?

I hate cleaning. I see DD beginning to dislike it, too. We are firm about picking up one activity before starting another, and we have loose, toddler- (and me-) friendly storage. When she resists, I'm tempted to tell her that I don't like cleaning, either, it just something we have to do. On the other hand, I want her to form her own opinions and *try* to make cleanup fun.

What approach would you take? Should I pretend I love cleaning, or be honest?


Wife to my best friend , SAHM to DD1 (4/15/10) and DD2 (5/16/13)
Leiiki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 08:25 PM   #2
Registered Users
Formerly: New cloth lover
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,403
My Mood:
Re: What should I tell DD about chores?

I wouldn't pretend to be happy cleaning if you aren't, but I'm big on being honest with my kids (as much as they can reasonably handle). Kids (like adults) don't always have to be happy about everything. I dont see a need to give your opinion about cleaning though. I always say, "I know its not fun to clean up, but you took out your toys and now you're going to put them away." Most of the time they aren't happy about it, but it gets done. And no amount of singing the clean up song or offering rewards seems to encourage them. But when they realize its not a choice, it gets done faster and we can move on to having fun elsewhere
Cindy wife to B Mommy to C 3/10 S 3/11 K 4/13 due 10/15
cdeweese is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 10:20 PM   #3
Registered Users
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 9,003
Id be honest. She can tell you don't like it anyway.
mibarra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 11:02 PM   #4
EmilytheStrange's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Mountain Home, ID
Posts: 7,418
My Mood:
Re: What should I tell DD about chores?

I'd be honest. I was reading a parenting book sometime earlier this year that says your kid can tell. They said that the parents doing the whole 'unified front' was unnecessary because if one parent really doesn't care, it shows. Point being: she's gonna know you don't like it no matter what you pretend.

I would just teach her that it's something we do. Whether we like it or not. There's no time like the present to learn that we don't have to like everything we have to do. Best to instill that right away.

ETA: I guess your DD is about 5-6months older than mine - honestly, I don't worry about it. DD can pull out every toy she owns and it will take me 5minutes to clean it all up. Maybe she just doesn't have a lot of toys sometimes I 'make' her help me clean up and sometimes I don't. but I do know I can't be like 'let's pick up the blocks!', I have to be all 'put the red one in here, now get the green one, etc'. Big tasks can seem really really big to little ones. So, maybe if you were able to put it into smaller chunks, she would be less likely to resist. And maybe if the bins are big enough and the toys are fluffy enough, you could interest her in a game of 'baskettoy' tossing the stuffed animals or whatever into the bin.

that's all I've got.
SAHM to Magnolia May (09/10) and Luke Russett (04/13) and wife and best friend to my airman.

Last edited by EmilytheStrange; 11-19-2012 at 11:06 PM.
EmilytheStrange is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2012, 06:37 AM   #5
my2sweets's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 4,910
My Mood:
Im honest with my girls. I hate washing dishes-even more so now that we dont have a dish washer. Dd1 now helps out with dishes(one of us dries while the other washes). She doesnt like it and at 1st told me all about it lol I looked her straight in the eye and said 'I feel the same way! However, we dirty the dishes so we must clean them or we'll end up eating off the floor with our hands. So lets just get it done so we can go do something more fun.' She no longer complains.

Of course she's almost 8 so a lot different then a toddler but Ive always taken the 'this is how it is so suck it up, get it done, and move on' appoarch(but in kidly friendly terms of course lol) and I can tell my girls are learning to not dwell on unpleasant tasks. They're really understanding that we all have things we must do that we really rather not so we have 2 choices 1-sulk around, let it linger over our heads and make us miserable or 2-do it and move on with life.
House Goddess & mama to 8 yr old princess L , 6 yr old mama magnet J and 9mos old love bug C

Swagbucks. Search. Earn. Redeem. Yep, it's that simple (I've earned $70 in gift cards and counting!).
my2sweets is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright 2005 - 2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.