I’m a Mean Mama Machine.

My house is a mess.


So this time I decided to try what some of you have been suggesting and I picked up some of my kid’s things and put them in a big green garbage bag. I then told my kids that if they wanted their stuff back they can either pay me for their things or they can work to get their stuff back by doing chores.

So far the dishwasher has been emptied, the back hall closet was been tidied and two bathrooms have been cleaned. I’ve given back one hockey jersey and three toys.

It’s working for me.

I’ve also been told I’m mean.

Yep. That’s me – Mean Mama.

Now I just have to go and get some ear plugs so I don’t have to listen to all the grumbling that’s accompanying the chores. Once I can’t hear my kids complain everything will be good. Quiet, tidy and good.

Mean Mama.

I could get used to it.

19 thoughts on “I’m a Mean Mama Machine.

  1. Are you the same Mama that missed them the other night? Isn’t it funny how many different emotions we can feel in the course of a week and even a day regarding our kids.


  2. You go, Mean Mama! I’m glad it’s working for you, because too often my kids declare that they don’t care. I’d like to think it’s a reverse phychology employed on me, but when weeks go by and they never miss the things I’ve confiscated I begin to realize they meant it.


  3. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    I think your idea is a great one, not a mean one. Well, your kids may not agree with me, but us parents do!
    Unfortunately, being considered “mean” is just part of the job. But I am sure you will accomplish what your goal is…to teach them that there ARE ramifications if they do not take care of their responsibilities. That is a wonderful life lesson as well.


  4. I get told on a regular basis that I am a mean mom. I usually just agree with them and walk away. Some how they get over it when they want something, then all of a sudden I am sooooo cool and they love me.
    Go figure?!


  5. By the way, I’ve added you to my blogroll! You are fun to read! It’s funny how being a mom you can sometimes feel so alone, but then you read these blogs by other cool women and know there are many others in the same boat!


  6. I honestly cannot wait until my children are old enough for me to employ this tactic! I am so tired of cleaning up toys, and they don’t really understand the concept of having their toys disappear – though a forced time-out generates a pathetic stream of “I pick-up, I pick-up, I sowwy, I pick-up!” Break my heart!
    I say keep-up the Mean Momma – it’s a small price to pay for a clean house!


  7. I don’t think your mean, I think you’re smart! I may just have to try that tactic.
    And just like GoMommy, I too have added you to my blogroll. I relate to you quite well.


  8. You and every other Mom who makes their kids do chores 🙂
    I recently read an article where the Mom gave the kids chores and they would forget to do them so she gave them a time frame and if it wasn’t done she would do it and they would have to do one of her’s. I will have to try these both!
    Debbie aka The Real World Martha(S)


  9. I’ve never heard that before, but I LOVE it!!!
    I think I will be trying that this weekend… Perhaps with a deadline? Such as, if you don’t pay me (in whatever form) by a certain date/time, you don’t get it back at all….
    Did they actually know what was in the bag?


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