Dear Aussie parents, drop the damn vacuum
Share houses are responsible for many of life’s big lessons, but none more than the lesson of housework and why you should teach your kids how to keep house from an early age.
Why? Because the kids without these kind of lessons are the bane of communal living, simply because their idea of tidying the house or washing up differs vastly from everyone elses.
They’re the people who don’t wash up, and the people who think it’s OK to leave cups, glasses, bottles of wine and leftover food on the coffee table before going to bed. In other words, they are slobs.
Well now science has an explanation. Researchers from the University of New South Wales have found that mothers do roughly six times more housework than their adult sons, 4.4 times more than their grown up daughters and about twice as much as the father in the house.
That means right now in Australia there are a stack of parents raising and supporting an entire generation of kids, who will provide an eloquently worded and vehemently passionate reason for doing absolutely squat around the house.
But, parents of Australia don’t let these highly educated so’s and so’s fool you. You’re not their slave; you’re their teacher and the person who could save them the humiliation of several awkward conversations with flatmates, when they finally do move out of home. Really, you’d be doing them a favour.
So drop that mop. Here are some key rules that you can pass on right now, to any kids still living at home. Especially the ones that are still fast asleep or have just walked dumped a pile of washing in the laundry before standing in front of the fridge and complaining that there’s never anything to eat.
1. Don’t let the sun go down on your dishes
2. Get a good vacuum cleaner and use it at least once a week
3. Clean the toilet and bathroom sink and shower at least once a week - don’t forget to clean the mirror
4. There is no milk or toilet paper fairy. Replace them
5. Garbage doesn’t walk itself out to the bin
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