Every single day it's a huge battle to get my kids to clean up their toys. Every. Single. Freakin. Day.
I'm always running around the house screaming, "Put that toy away before you take out another one please"! But why would they listen to me? I'm just their mother.
And it's not just their toys that they sometimes refuse to pick up. It's also simple things like a snack bar wrapper or a used kleenex. They simply throw it on the floor, without a care in the world. I've tried imitating them so they can see how ridiculous it is..."Hmmm, I'm done with this bag of chips" and then I casually toss the bag to the floor and step over it.
Does it make a difference? No, of course not.
A few days ago, Bella asked me to open up one of her new toys for her. It was Barbie and her pet dog. With this dog came, a tiny plastic ball, a bowl for food, a little bone, a garbage can and a pooper scooper.
Oh, but wait...that's not all. Barbie's dog also came with little food pellets, which resemble brown tic-tacs. Can you see where this is going?
As I examined the dog, I discovered that its mouth opened when I pulled on his tail. Guess what was under the dog's tail? A butt-hole. Seriously. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.
Just when I thought Barbie had everything...alas, she does not. Sure, she gets a 23-inch waist, perky 36DD boobs, and gorgeous flowing long blonde hair but she has no butt-hole. My kids think this is a heinous crime.
Curiosity got the best of me and I put a "pellet" into the dog's mouth. He promptly lifted his tail and the "pellet" fell out his backside. The kids thought this was hysterical and started yelling over one another, "It's my turn to make the dog go poop" and "I'll put the food in his mouth and you catch the poop".
They also discovered that Barbie's pooper-scooper actually works.
So basically the kids feed the dog the brown food pellets and he quickly poops them out his backside. Then they scoop up the pellets with the pooper scooper and place them into the garbage, which dumps the pellets back into the little box of dog food. How's that for recycling? Barbie goes green...who knew?
Bella said, "That's so cool. The dog just keeps eating his own poop!" Uh, no, more like...that's so disgusting...but whatever, if it keeps the kids entertained so I can sit down for one whole minute during the entire day, who am I to argue with them.
And 4 hours later, they were STILL playing with it AND getting along with one another. Most of all, they truly enjoyed feeding that damn dog and making it poop, just so they could clean up after it.
Oh, and then they decided to skip the garbage can altogether and just put the pellets directly from the pooper scooper back into the dog's mouth after it crapped.
Yet, they still won't clean up after themselves.
The way I see it is if the makers of Barbie could turn her into a garbage collector, with a handy little garbage-picker-upper-thingie I may have a shot in the dark of getting my kids to clean up their stuff.
Maybe...but probably not.
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