Updated: March 10, 2013 6:02AM
Dear Annie: This is in response to “Tired in Rural Oregon,” whose kids are slobs and whose husband doesn’t care. I told my kids if they didn’t pick up their messes, I would hire a “maid.” One day, they came home to a clean, organized house. I said the “maid” had come. When I handed out my children’s allowance for the week, I took back the money it cost to hire the “maid.” I then told them that the “maid” was going to the mall to buy herself something really nice. I came home with a new top and thanked my kids for making the “maid” so happy.
From then on, I just had to remind my kids that if they didn’t pick up after themselves, I would hire the “maid” again.
Dear Honolulu: We love it. Here’s more:
From Louisiana: My psychologist said, “You teach people how to treat you.” This starts when your children are born. A parent has to tolerate poor behavior from the beginning, or their children would not expect to get away with such deplorable actions.
Georgia: We got our teens to help with chores by making sure their chores were done as a condition for getting to use the car on the weekend.
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