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Lynda Loveland: What goes around, comes around

Posted January 9, 2014

Lynda Loveland

The things kids play with these days may be different, but the stuff kids do never changes.

As a child, I bet you did at least one of the following: Hid your peas in the mashed potatoes or somewhere, hid candy wrappers or 'cleaned' your room by throwing everything in the dirty clothes basket.

Well I'm here to tell you it comes back to bite you in the butt!

Not one, not two, but all three of my children are in on the instant room cleaning scam. Lately, after telling them to straighten up their rooms, I go in to find their clothes baskets overflowing like the trash can the day after Christmas!

Is this just a phase kids go through? Is it somehow built into their DNA to activate at a certain age, like a time bomb waiting to go off? Oh wait, that would be puberty.

True confession time. I did it too. I HATED picking up clothes in my room. I'd fill TWO laundry baskets! I was just talking to another parent who said their kids did the same thing. We moaned and groaned for a minute and then I said, " I bet you did it too." She looked at me, smiled broadly and said, "Yes, I'm guilty."

So as I'm sorting through their clothes and putting the clean ones on their bed to be put away, I'm thinking one thing, sorry mom.

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's The Mix Morning Show. Find her here on Thursdays. Click here to see her Facebook page.


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  • Love my boys Jan 10, 2014

    Ah yes, going through the same thing. Also the toys that are supposed to be put away just magically disappear only to be found on another day, crammed under the beds with the missing sock.

  • Killian Jan 10, 2014

    Our kids would get overwhelmed with a generic "clean your room" directive. So we provided a short, specific list. For kids too young to read, we drew quick sketches of a book, a sock (for laundry), a stuffed animal, etc. Then they could feel the accomplishment of checking things off the list, and it reduced the stress on all of us.

  • chargernut69 Jan 9, 2014

    None of my kids were into cleaning up their rooms, in fact they became tidy after they moved out and got married. And they actually tell me thanks today for riding me to keep their rooms clean ! crazy !

  • snowl Jan 9, 2014

    I think it can be overwhelming for a child to know just how to "clean up" their room. I came up with an easy way to start the process for my daughter and she recently told me that she still does it. START by putting everything that needs sorting/put away/tossed out, etc. ON TOP of the bed. The floor now looks great! ha.
    Then take 1 item at a time and decide where it belongs...It might take all day, but this method really worked for her!

  • edgar709 Jan 9, 2014

    One rule in directing to children is to be as specific as you can regarding what you want them to do. Instead of telling them to clean up their room, you may need to tell them to pick up the dirty clothes from the floor and place them in the dirty laundry bin. The clean clothes need to be placed in a hanger and stored in the closet. Toys need to be picked up from the floor and placed in the toy bin, etc., etc...

  • br549znc Jan 9, 2014

    There is nothing new under the sun.