Running a house is repetitive to say the least. No sooner do I get the dishes done, the bathroom clean, the laundry done than I get to start all over again. The laundry piles grow, the dishes get dirty again, boys use the bathroom, the floor needs vacuuming again. I do take satisfaction is a job well done--I just wish it lasted a bit longer.
There are some rewards to doing the work around the house. Every now and then Nick does express his appreciation--it's all the nicer when he does it unprompted. Really it's the simple things that keep a house running smoothly. I'm not the most organized but I do have a system.
I never understood why I had to keep my room cleaned, do dishes, vacuum and do other chores when I was growing up. At least not until I had first a dorm room, then an apartment, and finally a house to keep clean. Keeping a room clean is so much easier. I finally understand the logic behind my mom's harping about doing dishes, cleaning my room and learning how to do laundry.
These are things I will be teaching my boys. Turbo is already cleaning his room. Bruiser has been working on picking up his clothes. Turbo has helped sort laundry. As soon as he can be relied on to clean the dishes, Turbo will be doing that too. He has done it a few times but he still needs a stool to reach. It won't be long though.
And really isn't that the most important work you can do? Teach your kids how to live a healthy, clean life? I won't send my boys out without them knowing the mechanics of doing laundry, washing dishes, cleaning a room, vacuuming, dusting (although I don't do this one all that much), cleaning a bathroom, all the things you need to know to keep a house. They will impress girls all the more with this knowledge and won't have to rely on someone else to do it. Sometimes there is no one else to do it. Sometimes splitting the work is easier and you have to know how to do the work to be able to split the work. Nick and I split the work now--he takes care of the outside stuff and I take care of the inside stuff, mostly.
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