Monday, July 16, 2007
Click the picture to see an explanation of Disparate Housewives.
Tip #2: Train children from early childhood:
If you get it out or use it, put it away when you are finished.
If you open it, close it.
If you turn it on, turn it off.
If you sleep in it, make it up.
If you eat off it, rinse it and put it in the dishwasher.
If you get it dirty, clean it.
If you wear it, hang it back up or put it in the hamper.
If you spill it, clean it up.
If you break it, clean up the mess -- after you 'fess up.
If a family member is working, ask what you can do to help.
This can be done!! Our family did it when our children were little, and housekeeping never became an all day marathon with resentments all around. Every family member knew that in order to enjoy the benefits of family, there were responsibilities to be borne, and the shouldering of that responsibility became automatic and built positive self-esteem. Children brought up with this attitude don't expect the world to revolve around them -- they grow up knowing that they are competent and worthwhile human beings. They know that they can make a positive contribution to society.