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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Question of the ages

I'm sitting here doing my Sunday morning leisurely computer surf: Checking out post secret, updating my good reads, reading the news and other blogs, looking at my coupon lists, etc. I'm doing it a bit late this morning because of the time change (not thrilled about this happening in March), and the kids are just playing happily behind me.

I turn around and see that they have moved all the furniture in the house to one spot to make some sort of fort (well, the furniture they were able to move anyway). I told them that they had to immediately move it all back, and they "can't."

It's too hard! It's too heavy! I can't do it!

Wailing and gnashing of teeth ensue.

How is it that they have super human abilities when they are making the mess, but when it comes time to clean it up they suddenly lose all of their strength and prowess? And why is it that when the mess is being made behind my back, I hear happy sounds of girls playing together, and when I ask them to clean it up the joy turns to anguish and complaining.

I mean, they're still moving furniture around. What's the big difference? :)

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  1. The big difference is because it's now YOUR idea, not theirs! Tricky little devils, aren't they?!

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  2. LOL! The same phenomenon happens at our house too! I haven't found a cure for it yet.

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  3. Oh man....
    Maybe buy them an Ikea tent. :)

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  4. Ha! That happens in our home too! We may never really know the answer!

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  5. Hhhhmmmmm....a very familiar conversation to the ones at my home. My girls can scoot the chairs and stools to get food out of the cupboards but they never can seem to scoot hem back. I guess there is no benefit to them in putting the items back.

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  6. I had to laugh because this same type of thing happens so often at my house. I did notice the other day how proud Zoie was of herself for cleaning up her room by herself, but I think that's once now to innumerable times of messing it up. I hope one day she'll just like cleaning, or better yet, that she just won't trash the place. :)

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  7. UGH! I hear ya! It's so frustrating. We fight over this EVERY day! Even if she promises me she won't whine and complain, she does. What should take 15 minutes usually take 3 hours.

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  8. This is Elodie to a tee! She can easliy tornado through her room but as soon as you ask her to clean up it's all "I can't! It's too hard! Help me mom!" I never give in..just reply you made the mess now you have to clean it up! She usually takes a while to complete her task but in the end is SO proud of her accomplishment!

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  9. That always happens here too. I hate being a stick in the mud about it, but at the same time I KNOW they're never going to clean it up! Sooooooooooooo frustrating.

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