Toilets, trash & dishes

If you use baking soda and vinegar, your children will fight over who gets to clean the toilet and it's sustainable.

That's a shaker of baking soda made by drilling holes in the lid of a peanut butter jar. I usually use vinegar in a squirt bottle.

Who cleans the toilets, takes out the trash and does the dishes at your house?

If the answer is MOM, then you might want to read my upcoming book — “Raising Able: how chores cultivate capable confident young people.”

Moms will learn how to involve their families in the day-to-day operation so they can retire from being the live-in servant.

Not only will mom benefit, the children will learn self-discipline and responsibility, two characteristics that are as old-fashioned as dial-up Internet.

Cleaning toilets, taking out the trash and doing the dishes are simple, regular, brief, necessary life tasks. Cleaning a toilet counteracts entitlement.

Your children will fight over cleaning the toilet if you use vinegar and baking soda. It’s fun, sustainable and teaches children to contribute to the greater good of the family.

There’s work involved in getting the children involved in running the house. They might have to sacrifice some activity-mania or sugared screen time. They might have to think about someone else besides themselves.

If moms are fed up with doing everything around the house, post a family meeting agenda of the fridge and put TRASH TALK on it.

At the family meeting, ask them what they want to start taking responsibility for — the toilets, trash and/or dishes, and then hold them accountable.

See my tip sheet on how to hold a family meeting.

Have fun talking trash and liberate yourself from being the house-servant.

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