I know men (and boys) have the majority of their work outside the home. Earning a living for their family, fixing up the home they live in, or repairing the truck they roar around in.
But is there a time to teach young boys housework? Is it needful?
Some may think it is demeaning to a boy’s manly ego to have to clean toilets, but I believe that, if nothing else, it teaches them one monumental fact of life. For every mess a person makes, someone has to clean it up!
Besides, I like to tell myself while in the midst of teaching my boys to bake chocolate chip cookies, that someday their wife will thank me. So, in essence, I’m trying to make myself look good in my future daughter-in-law’s eyes. Now don’t you laugh, because it may just be your daughter!
I know I’m not the only mom to do this, but here is our little version of cleaning day in our home – stinky pots and all. (We may get to the cooking one later.)
Week 1: Boys – put on gloves ( I even hate to clean yellow puddles with no gloves on)
Boys – spray and wipe down counters and toilets – scrub toilet bowl
Me – come behind them and wipe it all down with a dry towel to catch anything left behind
Me – vacuum and mop
Littles (anyone younger than the two oldest) – wash windows, mirrors, and coffeetables
Week 2: Boys – sweep and mop hard floors
Me – vacuum carpets good
One boy and one Little – clean downstairs bathroom by themselves
One boy and one Little – clean upstairs bathroom by themselves
Me – dust and clean windows, etc.
Week 3: Do basically everything so that it gets a really good cleaning every third week or so!
Week 4: Sometimes if we’re really busy, we will skip this week. * gasp *
We also switch some of these up in accordance with our life at the moment – summer or winter schedules. But it does truly help to have children that can help clean!
There is one thing you will need to know though. All those jobs took extra time from Mommy to show them how to do it. But I kept telling myself that it would be worth it in the long run and I have proved myself right! Don’t I sound humble…..
And if you teach the oldest one or two well, you are off the hook! Since for some inborn reason, they love to tell the younger ones what to do.
So someday when their wife is hanging over the edge of a toilet bowl in the throes of morning sickness, she will love me for having taught her husband how to clean a stinky toilet!