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Mom Goes On Strike

By Monica Bielanko |

I'd probably cave and do the damn things myself or else I couldn't sleep at night.

After being fed up with her lazy, messy kids one mom got all Norma Rae on their asses.

I’m thinking of doing the same thing over here. You moms in?


According to Yahoo, mom of three girls, Jessica Stilwell, decided to stick it to her kids by refusing to clean up after them.

Stilwell says her girls, twins, age 10, and her oldest, age 12, were not picking up after themselves because they knew mom or dad would do it.

One night, when her husband was out of town Stilwell had had enough.

After a full day of chauffering her children and running errands she came home near midnight and noticed the house was a dump and knew the mess had not been created by herself or her husband.

She didn’t tell her kids she was going on strike, she just stopped cleaning. She placed an official statement on her Facebook page.

“This working mom has officially gone on strike within the home! Nothing said, no warning … updates to follow.”

As you can probably guess, the kids didn’t really notice mom was on strike… At first. Stilwell detailed the strike on her Facebook page and later her blog called Crazy Working Mom.

You can imagine the mess that followed. Dirty  laundry, dishes left in the sink and this gem detailed on her Faceboook page. “Cereal left sitting in milk in the bowl begins to stink much sooner than one would expect.”

By day three her daughter finally noticed and actually began to cry as she asked her mom to help clean the house.

Tears? Score!  Sweet justice. Sweet, sweet justice.

The strike lasted nearly a week culminating in an apology from the kids and mom relaxing while they cleaned the house. Stilwell thinks her children gained respect for how much work goes into keeping a house clean.

What do you think? How long would it take your kids to notice a messy house? Unless the strike involved me not cooking dinner I don’t think my kids would care.

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Monica Bielanko

Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Mom Goes On Strike

  1. Linda, T.O.O. says:

    Eh. I find this kind of dumb. If you are consistent with your children about the completion of daily chores from the time they are young, that’s what the kids will know as normal. It’s like going on strike over your own parenting fail.

  2. Sanriobaby =^.^= says:

    I kinda have to agree w/you LINDA….

  3. Rosana says:

    Er, all that to accomplish something she should have instilled in her children. Jeez, my 2 year old put her own dirty laundry in her hamper and puts her dishes in the sink. My 5 year old does more than that.

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