I've become severely burnt out & bitchy with my boyfriend of 4yrs, & my kids. I run my own successful business, stay home with our 2.5 yr old by day, do most all of the cooking & cleaning, & basically take care of their every whim. When I do make my older children (ages 10 & 12) help out, I usually get whining & half hearted help at a minimum. The same goes for when my bf helps too. I've tried all sorts of incentives and games to make it more fun for them....but it doesn't work & I resort to nagging again. I also go out of the way to praise any efforts they do make. It basically goes like this; I clean something...they go right behind me & mess it up! I feel like that is such a slap in my face! No one in the house seems to know how to put ANYTHING away where they found it, or how to simply wipe up a simple spill after themselves. I am so fed up! I have never thought that I 'allowed' this behavior, & yet it happens all the time. I know they are so sick of hearing me gripe all of the time, but I don't know how to get them to listen to how I feel. I just want them to TRY and help me maintain it! I don't go to school and scribble all over their assignments before they turn them in...or his job & screw up his reports for his 9am conference call! It is to the point that it has brought me to tears even. How can I get them to respect what I do around here & help out more too?Answer Question
Answer by 2boysnaprincess at 5:02 PM on Feb. 2, 2011
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