Saturday, January 19, 2013

Teaching Boys to Work

My husband had a brilliant plan to hire our 14yo and 10yo to clean his office building. I knew from the first mention of this job that Mama would be doing much more cleaning than she wanted. But I agreed because it would not only give our 10yo a job, it would give our 14yo the opportunity to quit milking cows, which is a crappy job at anytime, but every Sunday for the past two years he's had to be up at four a.m. (and you can guess I had to be up to get him toast and drive him). Anyway, the cleaning was honestly not going to badly until last Saturday. I came out of the men's disgusting bathroom having spit-shined the toilet and my boys were sweeping and mopping the hall and having the greatest time messing around with their broom and mop. I got ticked off and told them I was done helping them: I was getting no compensation and they weren't even working hard or being grateful. I took my younger boys and bought them a treat. When I came back to pick up the big boys they kept saying thank you for helping them. I appreciated the gratitude, but that didn't stop me from having them scrub all the toilets in my house when we got home.
Today they asked their dad if he would please go with them to clean. I think I just got fired from my pro bono toilet scrubbing.


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  2. That's too funny Cami! But at least you don't have to get up at 4:00 am on Sundays anymore, or clean the toilets in the office!

    1. I know, right? I'm sure they'll con me into scrubbing toilets again, they're pretty cute.

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  4. Sounds like it was time, and a great lesson delivered. It's great that your boys are learning to work.


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