Friday, 2 December 2011

Reading the riot act........


When I look at our home, one word comes to mind.....CHAOS..
There is "stuff" just about every where, most of it we need, most of it we use every day.. 
There are five of us here who spend a great deal of time in this house. As the winter draws in, the children go out less and less. Charlotte and Jim have almost become hermits. So the children are always finding something to do at home instead of going out now. Which, in turn, means that our home is a busy and often messy place.

Admittedly, it is my fault for not enforcing what needs to be done around the house. However, last night, I read the riot act to the children and lay down a few rules about keeping their own possessions tidy, personal Hygiene (Jim and Sam), leaving cups and plates everywhere, not doing chores, getting stuff out but not putting it away, not hanging their uniform up after school, losing their shoes, "forgetting" to do homework...you get the picture..

It's not that they can't do a few jobs to help out, they simply can't be bothered..

Every day I make breakfast and dinner, I wash and wipe up, I make beds, tidy bedrooms, wash and iron clothes, I hoover and dust, feed cats, tidy and pick up in all the rooms....By myself....

They are more than capable of doing chores around the house to help out, I am not asking for them to do it all, just their fair share..Charlotte and Jim are nearly 17 and nearly 15 years old, they can do most, if not all the chores that I do. Sam, who is now 12,  might need continued motivation and praise, usually in the shape of a Jaffa Cake.. Katie, who is 10, surprises me constantly because, although she is the youngest, she puts all her effort into helping out. They have a substantial incentive of  monetary value when they break up from school this month (£100 each) for a well behaved, and punctual term at school. They are doing well and Katie has even earned a few extra days to her score for going into school when she didn't feel all that well. She made the effort and will be rewarded accordingly..

But last night was the straw that broke that camels back....

So.. we have turned this place around and will, as from today, do our best to keep it orderly and tidy. I woke the children up at 6:30am this morning and this gave them and extra half and hour to get washed, dressed and most importantly, some breakfast before school. This is instead of the mad rush we normally go through and then not being able to find their uniforms, shoes and bags, and also not rushing out the door eating toast and tucking themselves in as they go.

So, here it is....


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Charlotte's bedroom wall





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I hope it lasts.....

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