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We Don’t Want to Do the Dishes!

Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

"Flaunt Fab Forty Tales"

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We Don't Want to Do the Dishes!

You are going to love this! One of the Flaunt Fab Forty called me the other day and told me how she got her children to quit complaining and do the dishes.

Now let me qualify this, the woman has six children, plus a husband, a full time English Nanny, the pool service, gardener, and a cleaning service. A cook is not on the list of employees. Beats me why, but that being said let me tell you how she got her children to clean up after dinner.

Each child had their responsibilities and chores to do in the home. Dishes and cleaning up after meals was a revolving responsibility among all. The younger children were to take their plates to the kitchen sink and help to clear. The older ones rotated with who was going to load the dishwashers, yes plural with six children wouldn't you have two, and do the pots and pans. The whining of the older ones, one evening, reached the high decimal level that only a dog could hear and my friend had had it with them!

She calmly said, "O.K. let's not argue and whine about this anymore. You don't have to do the dishes." There was an eerie silence in the room as they looked at their Mother doubting what she had just said. She repeated herself and told them they could leave. Smiles immediately radiated throughout the house as they happily went about their evening fun.

But what was happening in the kitchen? Nothing! My friend left everything on the kitchen table, sink and stove. Dirty pots and pans, glasses with the remains of milk, plates with food that had not been consumed. All just sitting there over night. I'm sure you get the picture, a mess!

The next day the children converge into the kitchen ready for some breakfast. There is Mom making a skillet full of scrambled eggs, bacon, toast etc. She puts their breakfast on clean plates but sits them down among all of the dirty plates that had been left the night before.

Well, it didn't seem to faze any of the kids. The dirty dishes from breakfast sat on the table along with the previous nights dirty dishes. Lunch comes and goes and they eat their sandwiches on clean plates and the plates are left on the table. Its summertime and these kids are going through plates and glasses like you can't believe.

Picture the table at this point. It is covered! The children are not breaking and neither is she! The Mexican standoff went into day number three. That evening all of the dishes were dirty including the pots and pans. What's a Mother to do? Simple! She cooks their dinner in filthy dirty pans. Oh yes, and then she serves the food to them on some of the dirty dishes that were sitting on the table.

Squeals went up from the younger and older urchins when they saw their dinner being served on filthy china.

Children: "Mom we can't eat this."

My friend: "Why not? I've made you a wonderful dinner, spaghetti and meat balls, your favorites."

Children: In unison, "But Mom you put our food on dirty dishes, we can't eat off of them."

My friend: "I don't understand. I thought it would be perfectly fine since you all decided that you didn't want to do the dishes anymore. And I've run out of clean ones."

Children: Looking sheepish at this point and heads starting to hang down.

My friend: "Well, let's eat dinner. Bon appétit everyone. " As she starts to cut her meatball, watching them out of the corner of her eye.

Note: Husband was in on all of this and was calmly starting to eat one of his meatballs too.

The children start to toy with their food but no one is eating. Finally one of them says, "Mom, I'm sorry if we do these dishes can we have dinner tonight on clean plates?"

All 12 eyes are staring at her!

My friend: "Well, are you going to do the dishes and not complain about it anymore?"

In unison again they all say, "Yes!"

My friend: "Well, let's clean up all of this mess and we can go out and get pizza. How does that sound?"

Squeals of approval followed that comment and they all jumped up from the table and started doing the dishes. It took them an hour but the lesson was learned.

According to my friend all was going smoothly now and not a murmur of discontent. Sometimes it takes drastic actions but they get the desired results.

Are your children complaining about their chores? Use this technique! You'll find it to have amazing results.

XXOO,

Alexandra

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