The musings of a juggling mother

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Fantastic Nanny A

Friday again, and my chance to get out the house and not really stretch my brain too hard:-)

College was good today - I got 35/40 on the mock exam (the real one is only 2 weeks away now), and two essays returned, both with distinctions (although, one that needs a bit more work to get a distinction too). even better, as only me and one other person is specialising in employment law & everyone else in the class is taking criminal, I get to work on my own this term, which means I can be far more flexible with the hours & just go in every now & then to check I'm on the right track.

But best of all, while I was out, Nanny A completely cleaned half my house for me, despite telling me she had to go shopping. The kitchen, dining room & bathroom are all cleaner than they have been in ages.

The first thing I'm going to spend all my money on when I go back to real work is a cleaner. I'm not very good at it, and can always think of better things to do with my limited time! When do you think the kids are old enough to do proper chores?


  • At Friday, April 21, 2006 8:10:00 pm, Blogger Paste said…

    As soon as they can walk!

    Here from Michele's tonight.

  • At Friday, April 21, 2006 8:23:00 pm, Blogger Chatty said…

    Michele sent me. I agree with Paste! LOL

  • At Friday, April 21, 2006 8:24:00 pm, Blogger Kerry said…

    Glad to hear you you got goos marks in your mock exam and essays, and I hope you do just as well if not better in your real exam.

    I so wish that I had a cleaner sometimes, especially when my kids are getting 'under my feet' and it's difficult to even get any chores started let alone finished, but they occasionally help out with the chores, given a bit of persuasion.

  • At Friday, April 21, 2006 8:37:00 pm, Blogger catheroo said…

    If they are old enough to walk, they're old enough to clean.

    BTW, I don't have kids, can you tell? :-)

    Hi, Michele sent me.

  • At Friday, April 21, 2006 8:47:00 pm, Blogger shpprgrl said…

    There is nothing better than a clean house! My daughter has been helping me with little tasks forever...she is 8 now. It's amazing what another set of hands can accomplish. Have a great weekend!

    Here from Michele's!

  • At Friday, April 21, 2006 8:54:00 pm, Blogger Deb R said…

    Hiring a regular house cleaner is one of my fantasies. (Is that sad??) I detest housework and it shows!

    Here today from Michele's.

  • At Friday, April 21, 2006 8:59:00 pm, Anonymous daisy said…

    Michele sent me, Mrs Aginoth.

    They're old enough as soon as the birth-goo has been wiped off. They're great when crawling as floor cleaners. Just put a little terry cloth around their middle and exchange for a new clean one every 20 minutes or so. Clean floors and tired baby. Life can be sweet!

  • At Friday, April 21, 2006 9:01:00 pm, Anonymous Sparkling Diamond said…

    What a nice surprise to come home and have a clean house! My kids started doing chores as soon as they understood what I was saying! :)
    Here from Michele's!

  • At Friday, April 21, 2006 9:25:00 pm, Blogger Kyahgirl said…

    they are old enough now, although, in the beginning, its way more work for you to train them.

    my daughter is excellent at tidying, dusting, washing the counters, setting the table. My son, belligerantly will do some vacuuming and tidying. They are 7 and 5.

  • At Saturday, April 22, 2006 6:44:00 pm, Anonymous smiffykins said…

    i have been doing jobs since i could walk and if i didn't i didn't get any pocket money or comics!!! massive incentive

  • At Sunday, April 23, 2006 11:02:00 am, Anonymous Nanny A said…

    Ah but the best thing is Im FREE.

  • At Sunday, April 23, 2006 8:50:00 pm, Anonymous Grins said…

    Hi, Michele sent me. Enjoying the peek in the life in the UK. As for chores, I had my son start very early...little things at first and then increased his responsibilities. Easier to get them to do it that way than abruptly trying to introduce chores at a later age. Even at the ages of your childrent hey should be able to help make their beds, pick up things to put on hooks, etc. You'll be thankful later.

  • At Wednesday, April 26, 2006 3:51:00 pm, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said…

    When are the kids old enough for chores? My motto has always been, if you're old enough to take it out, you're old enough to put it back. I started my daughter picking up after herself, and the kiddos in my daycare around age 2-3. The rule was you couldn't play with something else, until you put back what you already had out. With a number of children this wasn't always easy, so at the end of one play time and say, before a meal, a dip in the pool or a trip to the park, we would have an organizing party. We'd see who could pick up quicker, neater, find the most correct spots for a toy, etc. The reward was the next event. If they didn't want to pick up, play time would continue with no next special event(they would usually get bored and want to do something else and give in to picking up). The few times they were stubborn, they were told nobody goes home at the end of the day until everything was picked up. I had one little boy who was particularly defiant. He loved to push every book off three shelves and fling toys all over the place, sometimes hitting people with them. Luckily his parents supported my efforts and when they came one time and saw the disaster he'd made of the play room they refused to take him home until he picked up his mass destruction. :-) There are very important lessons to be learned in picking up after one's self, helping keep a home tidy for all the family, and personal accountability. Now, that's not to say that my children have stuck with this as they've gotten older. Teenagers are another breed entirely! Now the lesson to be learned is, no clean panties? Guess what, you need to wash them, and so on with other things. They will be moving out all too soon and need to be in the habit now of thinking ahead to when laundry needs to be done, grocery shopping, and not to leave their personal items scattered around the household because you never know what will happen to them if you don't pick them up. *evil grin* So when they go off to live in a dorm or share a household with other young people, they will "hopefully" be a little more mature and responsible for their own things and for the home they share with others. I'll let you know how this works out. *grin*


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