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would you make your kids clean the house?

if they did something drastic would you make them clean the whole house if nothing else worked even spanking??


Asked by Anonymous at 8:31 PM on Jul. 19, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • No because if you use it as a punishment they will always see it as a bad thing rather than cleaning because you have pride in your home. A punishment should be a logical consequence for whatever they did. So if your child drew on the wall, and is old enough, a good punishment would be for them to wash it off or to not have use of their crayons for a week. If your punishment makes sense to them it will work better than something that they may perceive as mean or unfair.

    Answer by Noworktodo at 8:40 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Cleaning the house shouldn't be a punishment. It should be what people do because they live as a family and share the family work and the family benefits such as food and shelter. I'd pick something else for them to do, or to no longer be able to do. A treat that they no longer get, for example. Well this is just my opinion, anyway, for what it's worth. Every family is different.

    Answer by Bmat at 8:34 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • I would have to know what the "drastic" something is before deciding. If the drastic something is say, spraying silly string in every room, or having a party and destroying the place, then yes. Otherwise, I'd find something that "fits the crime" so to speak.

    Answer by Petie at 10:34 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Discipline is in 5 parts: 4 parts praise + 1 part punishment. It is easier to make a punishment stick if it is not the norm. Catch your children doing what is right and praise them; then punishments (even small ones) will seem harsher to them.

    Cleaning house should be something the family does together. It should not be used as a punishment. Volunteering them to muck out stalls for a friend who has horses would be a decent punishment! Also, try taking away all TV and computer time. If they show no respect for you or hubby, I would remove everything from their rooms except a mattress and a blanket, and two changes of clothes...everything else they have to earn back with respect and obedience.

    Answer by singnstitch at 11:04 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Cleaning the house is normal activity. But I save wall washing for bad behavior.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 9:03 AM on Jul. 20, 2009

  • They should be helping you clean the house anyway to teach responsibility. Cleaning your home should not be a punishment, that would send the wrong message. They need to be contributing to having a happy, comfortable, and organized home.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 10:05 AM on Jul. 20, 2009