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Parenting and the Never-Ending Cleaning

cleaningIt seems to be never-ending, and it’s been the cause of numerous arguments; although, the arguments are much fewer and farther between now than they were five years ago. Back when I was in law school, these arguments happened almost every other day, and now that I’ve experienced the problem more regularly, I agree with Casey.

Part of being a parent is the never-ending cleaning. It is a never ending cycle. Without fail, I can begin cleaning in our family room and then move over to our dining room and kitchen, which are attached to the family room, and before I can get half way done with the dining room the family room is back to the condition it was in before I cleaned it.

Getting our entire ground floor clean requires a lot of coordination and Addie. There’s no way I could clean the ground floor without Addie being there to help pick up toys and then keep Vivi from destroying the rooms as I quickly vacuum and mop the floors, but not even Addie can keep that are clean for more than 10 to 15 minutes.

These kids are like little tornadoes with toys flying out of their wind tunnels at a frantic pace. I can understand why Vivi is able to make such a mess;  after all, she’s a toddler and her attention span is short like a toddler’s attention span should be. She moves from toy to toy leaving her past toys behind laying on the floor or the couch as she goes. But Addie? That kid is messier than Vivi and it’s not even close.

Addie gets tubs full of toys down from our upstairs toy shelf and brings them down into the living room. She’ll play with those toys for about 20 minutes before she heads back upstairs for a tub of different toys, and she never takes the old toys back upstairs before she brings the new toys downstairs. Leave Addie in a room for 2 hours and it could take a full 2 hours just to clean up after her.

Regardless of my complaints, here is the reality: being able to sit down in a room without toys under my feet is only something I will get to enjoy when the kids are grown and off to college.

They’re kids.

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