I don't know if you have ever tried to get a kid to do chores, but it a nearly impossible task. Convincing a child to put the dishes away is like trying to ice skate on the grass. Getting a child to clean their room is like standing on the ground and trying to fly. No matter how hard you want it to happen, it just will not.
How do I know this? I don't have any children of my own. But a bunch of years ago, I was a child. I was a child who was also a ninja expert at avoiding chores. My parents would be like, "Wash the dishes please!" and 30 minutes later, when I was watching TV in the den and the pile of dishes was still in the sink, they'd be like, "Why haven't you washed the dishes?" and I'd be like, "I did!" and they'd be like, "No you didn't!" and I'd be like, "Ughhhh it's not fair," and they'd be like, "I don't care, you get over here and wash those dishes right now!" and I'd be like, "Fineeeeee."
Basically, I was a nightmare. And not actually that great at avoiding chores. Here are some hilarious tweets from frustrated parents who know what an impossible task it is to get kids to do their chores.
Let's face it: Chores are no fun.As an adult, you may pour yourself a glass of wine and blast your music, but that doesn't make you any more excited about vacuuming your apartment. When you're a kid, chores are even worse.
Weird how my daughter didn’t hear me tell her 72x this weekend that she needs to put her laundry away, but the ice… https://t.co/4z8KssHAJv— Kim Bongiorno (@Kim Bongiorno)1536011902.0
Kids: *feverishly cleaning* I can’t believe it took me this long to realize that all I had to do was turn off the… https://t.co/syO5WHoP83— TheBabyLady (@TheBabyLady)1532135554.0
6-year-old: I’m not cleaning my room. Me: I don’t like your tone. 6: What does “tone” mean? Me: I don’t like yo… https://t.co/hZfiqv0JGj— Mommy Owl (@Mommy Owl)1532044861.0
Dad: "Hey, you're all done?" 3: "Yeah" Dad: "You finished cleaning up that huge mess of toys?" 3: "Yeah" Dad: "... Are you lying?" 3: "Yeah"— Myrrh (@Myrrh)1508619288.0
Cleaning for us
Me: The house is a disaster. We all need to clean. 8-year-old: Who's coming over? Me: No one. We're cleaning for… https://t.co/gcfVsxbfBw— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn)1531582242.0
My son says I only had kids so I could make them do chores. Like yes, I made a bunch of messy, whiny poop machines… https://t.co/K3QNjb5PFq— MamaFizzles (@MamaFizzles)1518106712.0
My toddler's "play cleaning" is actually just making a big real-life mess.— Jennifer S. White (@Jennifer S. White)1490105574.0
Kid fun vs. kid hell
Kid Fun: Pretend cleaning, pretend trying new foods, pretend grocery shopping. Kid Hell: Actually cleaning, actua… https://t.co/SPpomDxhfx— Jennifer S. White (@Jennifer S. White)1520877104.0
When my kids assure me they will clean up their mess, I know how my dentist must feel when I assure him I will floss.— The ParentNormal (@The ParentNormal)1547043060.0
Supposed to be cleaningHey! You don't know her process. Maybe she is tap dancing to the dresser to put her clothes away.
"Not only are you not cleaning up, you're actually making more of a mess." - parents— Molly England (@Molly England)1511444189.0
Truth or dare
The kids begged me to play truth or dare. Kid 1: Dare Me: Clean your room Game over.— Stella G. Maddox (@Stella G. Maddox)1474490682.0
If insanity is repeating the same action expecting a different outcome, should I just wait til my kids are in college to clean the house?— Marl (@Marl)1393963605.0
Cleaning and destroying
If cleaning up one room while all the other rooms in your house are being destroyed sounds fun then parenthood is right for you.— OneFunnyMummy (@OneFunnyMummy)1526651761.0
Kids cleaning their rooms is 50% complaining about it, 45% getting distracted by the random things they find, 3% cl… https://t.co/uXAVRaoFZo— Mommy Owl (@Mommy Owl)1515693705.0
Just taught my 5yo the Mr. Clean magic eraser is a game. I even let him win.— Northern Lights 🦖🦎🐢 (@Northern Lights 🦖🦎🐢)1433465508.0
Me walking into the house after giving my kids a list of chores to do and knowing they didn’t finish them https://t.co/3RKfbiNuzK— Deanna ديانا (@Deanna ديانا)1554672728.0
Me: You’re supposed to be cleaning. 6-year-old: I can’t right now. Me: Why not? 6: I’m happy.— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn)1534085197.0
My kids are cleaning their rooms without complaining about it, in case you were wondering how horrifying I can be.— Sara Says Stop (@Sara Says Stop)1504026087.0
If you love constantly cleaning, but never actually living in a clean house, parenthood is for you.— ωнαтѕαяαнѕαι∂ (@ωнαтѕαяαнѕαι∂)1513113540.0
2-year-old: *hits her sister with a broom* Me: What do you think you're doing? 2: Cleaning.— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn)1492287286.0
<horrible crash from the playroom> 7yo: DON’T WORRY I’M JUST ORGANIZING— AsKateWouldHaveIt (@AsKateWouldHaveIt)1530719247.0
Trying to get my kids to clean their room is like trying to knock over bowling pins with a marble— Salty Mermaid Entertainment (@Salty Mermaid Entertainment)1546435162.0
I’m not surviving Spring Break guys. The kids are constantly hungry, arguing over who does the most chores and comp… https://t.co/VIRRvNg5dD— Angie Grace⁷ 💜 Aygeee (@Angie Grace⁷ 💜 Aygeee)1555963887.0
Hard to tell
It's often hard to tell whether a kid is cleaning or making a mess.— HowToBeADad (@HowToBeADad)1491353732.0
Not my style
Me: Come on, cleaning up is easy! You just walk around and pick things up and put them where they belong. 8yo: But that’s not my style!— SpacedMom (@SpacedMom)1520346284.0
Gone in a flash
Me: Could one of you help me clean- My kids: *have already left the house and begun a new life with the neighbor's less annoying mother*— Lurkin' Mom (@Lurkin' Mom)1489177202.0
kid cleaning under her bed two seconds later: "so I was just wondering, how long does it take for candy to expire??"— dadmissions (@dadmissions)1514944121.0
Big Bad Wolf
I bet the big bad wolf in the 3 little pigs was just a mom tired of waiting on her kids to clean up the little house she wanted to blow down— Meredith (@Meredith)1493040834.0