Now before you all jump down my throat at the title of this post, just hear me out!
I’m not really teaching my girls how to be ONLY housewives, but seriously housewives and househusbands have got to be some of the hardest working people I know and they all deserve some **Snaps**.
I would love for my girls to understand what it truly takes to run a house and to stop taking everything for granted and to actually get off their arses….
I recently started working full time again.
It was decided that with the girls getting older and with all of them at school, or having indeed left school, that it was time for me to get back out there again.
I was lucky enough to have been able score a job that is five minutes down the road, so the commute is perfect.
Knowing that this decision was going to put pressure on everyone in the household has been my primary concern.
Mr B has a pretty demanding job, that involves him suffering an hour commute each way into the city, so I know that his help is pretty much restricted to weekends only.
Therefore I decided that the girls were going to have to start doing more to contribute to the running of the house and start performing some of the basic household duties.
Up until now they have been a product of my own creation and I only have myself to blame.
Being a Stay At Home Mum, I did everything for them, washing, ironing, cooking, cleaning…everything. By my doing this I hadn’t realised just how ignorant and lazy I had made them and how dependent they had become on me.
What has now become known as the Housewives Bootcamp around here, I am endeavouring to teach my girls, just what is involved in running a household.
So far the lessons have involved
- Washing machine operation.
- Scrubbing bathrooms 101
- Fluff and fold techniques
- Dog poo collection
- Chicken maintenance and egg retrieval
- “My Kitchen Rules” tips and tricks
- Correct vacuuming suction technique
- Dishwasher operation and extraction
- Bed making and “hospital corners”.
My lessons have been met with tears and groans.
Apparently learning these life skills is impacting their social lives, the watching of Arrow and The Flash episodes and the all important building of the Minecraft hoozy whatzits and …… things.
Heads up…… I don’t give a shit!
It does seem however that we still have a lot work to do to get them in the right mindset.
After I got home yesterday and was greeted with a full dishwasher, (at least it was clean I suppose) breakfast dishes were still all over the kitchen counter, tumbleweed of dog hair blowing across my family room floor, hungry pets and full garbage bins, I just lost my shit.
Apologies to the neighbours!
With one child, who is turning 18 soon I might add and home nearly full time (she will start Uni next week though), I expected that at least the house would look a little better than when I left it, not worse!
So we all spent the next hour tidying, whinging, moaning and swearing while we worked our way around the house and yes I admit that was mostly me.
This morning as I was getting ready to leave for another fun filled day, I laid down the law that things better be different when I got home that afternoon.
Low and behold my little temper tantrum must have done it’s job, because as soon as I walked in the door Miss M started listing her impressive array of tasks she was able to get done today, all that and cleaning her car!
I guess the internet was down.
When she mentioned to me that she still had a load of washing in the washing machine that she hadn’t gotten to yet, my ears pricked up.
“What did you wash”? I asked her.
“Just a dark load” She told me, rather proud of herself.
I guess she must have not noticed her fathers white business shirt that she mistakenly put into the machine with her sisters new McDonalds uniform, including new dark jeans and red shirt…….
I have it soaking now…….
Vacuuming must consist of hallways and anything else that runs in a straight line because the tumbleweed is still gathering under tables and lounges.
I think it’s imperative and the responsibility of every parent, to teach their girls and their boys to accomplish even the basic of household tasks, otherwise we are doing both them and the people that have to live with them, a huge disservice.
At least they put in the effort today and for that I am grateful, although it’s obvious that more Housewife 101 lessons are needed.