I am not buying my kids christmas presents this year.
I just spent 5 hours Saturday and 6 hours yesterday THOROUGHLY cleaning their rooms. I'm disgusted. not because they were filthy but because they were so messy and disorganized. I have taught them since they were old enough to walk how to pick up behind themselves but for some reason they just won't. I have grounded them, spanked them, taken away certain toys and games. But nothing seems to motivate them to take care of what they have.
I literally threw away 6 huge garbage bags full of broken toys, school papers, and other random JUNK that they'd collected over the last year. There were missing items of clothing shoved under beds, closets, toy boxes, and behind dressers. There was even random items cut up and demolished in my dd's room...and they aren't even allowed to have scissors in the rooms. It was very frustrating.
So this year I do not want to buy them any new toys for christmas. I told them this over the weekend but I don't think it really sunk in. I know they will be heartbroken come christmas day but I'm so sick and tired of them not taking care of the things I spend my hard earned money on. They are 10 and 7 btw, so they are definitely old enough to learn some respect for and take care of their belongings.
Am I horrible for this? Any suggestions on an alternative solution?