You announce that it’s “cleaning day,” and your kids announce: “Sara just invited me over,” “I’ve got to get to practice early,” and “I have a school project that I really need to work on.” Somehow everyone gets “busy” when you need their help.
We set timers to make it a race, offer monetary rewards for completed chores, and even create colorful sticker charts as a visual incentive (which take a lot of time, by the way) – what else can we do as parents to make “cleaning day” more enticing?
One determined mom finally figured out the key to this age-old question…
Empty pizza boxes underneath beds, glasses of sour milk left on nightstands, and overflowing baskets of dirty laundry – all just waiting for the “magic cleaning fairy” to come whisk them away.
How can we light a “tidying spark” underneath our children, you ask? Well, one mom may have discovered the perfect, fail-proof solution to a challenge that has been plaguing parents for as long as “helping around the house” has existed.
When this mom was preparing to go out for the day, but wanted to return home to a clean kitchen, she decided to leave her kids a note. However, it wasn’t just a request – it was more of a bargaining challenge. She taped up a typed sign for her children (in a spot where they wouldn’t miss it), which read:
“Today’s WiFi password can be unlocked by texting a photo of a clean kitchen to mom. Sent photograph MUST contain one box of crackers on the counter by the stove (to prevent re-using any previous photos).”
And she finished off her beautifully written note with,
“Thank you for playing. May the odds be in your favor. Love, Mom”
Not only did this clever mom come up with the perfect way to “hit ’em where it hurts” (technology), but she also took away the ability to “cheat the game” with the box of crackers curve-ball.
Now, her kids couldn’t sit on their bums all day playing on their cellphones – unless, they did their chores FIRST. Simply brilliant.
This certainly isn’t this mom’s “first rodeo,” and she’s now ever-so-generously passing on her effective motivating method. It’s no wonder she’s become an internet hero!
What’s great is that this mom’s idea can be used not only for any chore, but also for every day of the week (well, as long as you don’t mind changing your WiFi password often). Yet, for most moms who know the struggles of keeping a clean house AND getting your kids to chip in – it might be worth it!
Share this story with your frustrated family and friends, and inspire parents everywhere to get creative with cleaning!