I've caught myself numerous times before telling the girls to pick up this or put away that. This is going to be hard, but I am hoping that it will either get straightened up this evening before I go to bed, or that it will get so incredibly bad that my girls won't help but to notice the disaster we once called a house, and maybe they'll see how much we "nag" and why we do it.
We we finish our five-day experiment, hopeful the girls will be enlightened and want to make changes on their own (What are the odds of that happening?). If not, we get to try tactic number two: "Don't you want to be prepared for life by the time you are 18?" And, if that doesn't work, we go to the old "Well, if you don't help around the house and we have to do all the work, we will be unable to take you to the store, drop you off at your friend's house, watch that movie with you, help you with your homework, etc..." Not because we are punishing them, but be cause we are using that time we could use with them, doing the things they could be doing to help the household.
Crossing my fingers!
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