As my children get older I realized the importance of them learning responsibility in the home. Perhaps if they were held more accountable for keeping it clean they would remember to pick up after themselves. (Theory yet to be determined if it helps) Nonetheless, I am bound and determined to teach my children what it means to clean. I have a friend that I look up to in so many ways as a mother. I explained to her that I couldn't wait for my boys to be old enough to begin chores....(at that time my son was 5)... She said... THEY SHOULD BEGIN NOW! So I went home and sure enough my oldest son is more than capable to clean an entire bathroom. We store Lysol wipes underneath the sink and every morning he is responsible for cleaning the bathroom (excluding scrubbing the tub which is done once a week). First he must pick up the bathroom (toothbrushes and toothpaste into drawers, towels hung up, and dirty clothes removed) Next he removes the rugs and shakes them. Third he vacuums the floor (I prefer vacuum to sweeping because it doesn't make dust fly). Then he cleans the sink and counters, making sure there isn't any toothpaste or soap scum. and Lastly the Toilet. Now, when I say toilet... He cleans the whole thing top to bottom. The base is just as important as the lid and seat. (And he removes the trash when he is complete)
By doing this every single day (excluding Sunday) the bathroom never gets very dirty and I'm never embarrassed to have company over to use the restroom. Also, because it is done daily it only takes him 15 min or so to do the whole thing.
I'm the mother to three very energetic little boys and a wife to a man who rocks my world!
I decided a long time ago that staying home, with complete 24/7 focus on my family, was the career path for me.
I probably laugh more than I should, yell more than I should, and do not stay put anywhere as long as I should...
We try to make God the center of our home, a guest at at every meal, and a silent listener to every conversation...
We live on Main Street in Crazy Town, USA!!!
President David O. McKay declared: "Motherhood is the greatest potential influence either for good or ill in human life. The mother's image is the first that stamps itself on the unwritten page of the young child's mind. It is her caress that first awakens a sense of security, her kiss, the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world." (Gospel Ideals, p. 452.) President McKay continues: "Motherhood consists of three principal attributes or qualities: namely, (1) the power to bear, (2) the ability to rear, (3) the gift to love. . . This ability and willingness properly to rear children, the gift to love, and eagerness, yes, longing to express it in soul development, make motherhood the noblest office or calling in the world. She who can paint a masterpiece or write a book that will influence millions deserves the admiration and the plaudits of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters, whose influence will be felt through generations to come, . . . deserves the highest honor that man can give, and the choicest blessings of God." (Gospel Ideals, pp. 453-54.)