A mother of three girls stopped cleaning up after her kids to show them that they needed to help.
“(Jessica) Stilwell went on strike when she noticed that her girls, twins, age 10, and her oldest, age 12, were not picking up after themselves and seemed to have the expectation that Mom or Dad would do it. Stilwell reached her breaking point one night when her husband, Dylan, was out of town. After a typical weekend of running errands and taking the kids to various sporting events, Jessica sat down around 11 p.m. on Oct. 1. That’s when she noticed the mess and knew that it had not been created by her or her husband…”
“Unfortunately, it took the kids a while to notice that the house was in total disarray. Stilwell began detailing the mess first on Facebook, then on a blog called Crazy Working Mom. On day one, dirty plates and clothes were piling up around the house. By day two, she wrote, “cereal left sitting in milk in the bowl begins to stink much sooner than one would expect.” On day three, her kids began to take notice of their unkempt surroundings. Stilwell’s 10-year-old daughter Quinn broke down in tears as she asked her mom to help clean the house.”
“Stilwell took her daughter on a tour of the home, pointing out that none of the mess had been made by the parents. On day six, the strike was officially over. Stilwell got an apology in the form of her daughters cleaning while she relaxed.”
This is essentially my approach with their rooms but they never seem to be bothered by their mess. My threshold for messiness is reached long before their threshold is, and then I yell at them to clean it up. I’m not sure the approach would work for the whole house since it doesn’t really work for their rooms.
How long would it take for your family to notice you were on strike? Would your spouse support the strike? Would it matter? Would your kids learn a lesson about cleaning up after themselves?