I feel like I am contantly telling the boys in my life "I am NOT your maid". My four year old always shakes his head, but the next day the house looks the same as the day before. I always seem to pick up the messes myself and I need to learn to be patient and make him do it. I guess in theory it would be great if I made him pick up every time he makes a mess and then he would not make the mess anymore.
It's funny to me how he can make the mess and then when asked to pick it up he always seems to need help because the mess is too big for one person. How do you explain to a 4 year old that if it wasn't too big to make it isn't too big to pick up? So, here I am again about to go down stairs and pick up his mess with no consequences! I always have next time (tomorrow) to have him do it all by himself.
How do you have your children help around the house? And where in the world do you get patients?