Mom's Desperate Reminder to Clean the Bathroom Gets Her the 'Royal' Treatment

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My oldest is still in middle school, so I haven't yet asked either of my kids to take on a chore as challenging as cleaning the bathroom. But if the amount of nagging required to convince them to clean their rooms is any indication ... yeah, I'm not getting my hopes up insofar as a sparkling clean shower goes. Anyway, the point is, I can only imagine how desperate the situation can get. So I had to laugh at the online pic of a note one mom taped to the bathroom door for her (presumably lazy-ish) teen:

"Please clean this bathroom tonight. Clean it like the Queen of England is visiting. Clean tonight. Baseboards/mop/tub. Please. Please."

But what REALLY made me laugh were the pictures of how that mom found her bathroom the next day ...

Not only was that bathroom clean, it was Queen of England clean. As in, a hand-drawn copy of the British flag attached to the mirror, an assortment of teas stacked on the sink ... a friendly note reading:

"Welcome to America! Enjoy your stay!"

And -- this is the BEST part -- the reading material thoughtfully placed on the back of the toilet: "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets."

Actually, wait -- that's not the best part. The best part is that the bathroom really was CLEAN. As a parent, it's worth thinking this one over: This mom could have just yelled through her kid's bedroom door for the umpteenth time about scrubbing the baseboards, but she didn't -- she tried a different tactic, attempted a little humor. And not only did she get some humor back, she got what she was asking for -- a clean bathroom! What a great reminder to think outside the parenting box.

How do you convince your teen to do chores?


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TKsMo... TKsMommie

I think this is a mom with a lot to be proud of!  She knows how to reach her kid and she has raised a kid who not only listens but has a well thought out sense of humor!  Both skills that will take him far in life!  

I really hope my kids do stuff like this, I'd love it!

Fondue Fondue

That's awesome!  That sounds like something my husband would do.

slwinner slwinner

I try all the time to use humor to get my kids to do stuff or diffuse difficult or awkward situations. Both my kids have a great sense of humor so I try to use it to my advantage. It also has the surprising bonus of getting them to really pay attention when I am NOT laughing.

Katie Hartnett

that kid must get an A on all his/her work ... lol .. follow instructions: check!

Roxanne Green

oh my, will she wanted a cleaned bathroom and she got it, her kids did good, i laughed as i read it

Ashley Van Note

Oh my....I'm wondering why middle schoolers can't clean a bathroom? My mom cleaned houses fr a living and I was 5 or 6 the first time I cleaned a toilet. My 5 year old can clean the inside with the toilet brush and my 3 yr old can stand on a stool to wipe the sink and counters. Even if I have to go behind them to touch up, I consider it valuable training/practice. I know too many people my age (I'm 25) who are totall lacking in basic life skills becuse their parents did everything for them.

Heather Thomas Rowa

The writer's middle schooler doesn't know how to clean a bathroom?!?  Please tell me they at least do their laundry?  My 5 and 7 year olds help with dishes, clean toilets, do their own laundry... I am not a clean freak either, they just need to know how to take care of things as part of the family!  Do yourself and your middle schoolers a favor and teach them how to care for your house and be part of the family.  

kisse... kisses5050

I too am at a loss at why  a middlerschooler is not able to trusted  with cleaning the bathroom?????? My girls have known how to scrub a toliet from age of 5!  


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