My daughter refuses to clean her room, and, if ever it does get clean, it is messy again within hours. What's a mom to do?
A friend and I talked about this the other day and discussed how it seems like such a ridiculous thing to waste hours and hours arguing about. I remember many occasions as a child that my mother and I argued about the state of my room. I remember purposely dragging my feet because I didn't want to clean my room.
Now I'm the mom and I'm not ashamed to say that these room-cleaning arguments are kicking my trash!
If I encourage Noel to clean her room and keep it this way, there are some positive side effects.
- A clean room = less broken and lost toys.
- A sense of pride and accomplishment.
- She learns good stewardship.
- The seeds of good housekeeping (handy for when she's a grown-up with her own house) are planted.
- Less funky odor emanating from her room. (Seriously.)
- She learns that it's important to obey your parents, even when you don't agree with them.
- She learns that some things in life are no fun and that 's it's best to dive in and be done with them.
- Things are easier to find, there are less already-running-late instances of "Where is my other shoe?"
- She learns responsibility.
- It's her room, if she wants to live like a slob so be it.
- All of the arguing is killing me.
Thanks in advance, bloggy friends.