Getting Kids to Value a Clean Van

front seats inside a clean mini van

Exciting news! The boys cleaned the van with enthusiasm this morning. Can you believe it? I’m still in shock. I wrote all about it over at GNMParents (now ForeverParenting) in my weekly post. Let’s face it, breakthroughs like this don’t happen every day.

This may be sheer brilliance, Internets. You decide.

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who LOVE clean vans.

Image courtesy of dave_7 via Creative Commons license, some rights reserved.

The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • makati office space February 11, 2009, 1:58 am

    Wow.That was nice.

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  • olivia February 11, 2009, 8:26 am

    How dirty was the car? Dirtiest it was, the more challenging it has been for your boys. I used to do it for my mom and actually had a lot of fun in doing it, because I would see the difference.

    It s always a pleasure to have a clean car!

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  • Ajith Edassery | Blog Money February 11, 2009, 11:51 pm

    That’s a good sign, is not it? For me, getting my 6-year old to clean up the mess (caused by him) and tidy up the room remain a major challenge!

    Good job by the awesome foursome πŸ™‚

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  • Motorcycles for sale February 12, 2009, 2:13 am

    Ewwwwe!

    This was hilarious! I cannot tell you how many pounds of cheerios and goldfish crackers I vacuum out of the backseat of our van monthly.

    Just don’t know if I am ready to try your motivation method. πŸ™‚

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  • Amy February 22, 2009, 12:27 am

    makati office space, thanks

    olivia, the car was TRASHED. Plus it stank just terribly…ugh. They’ve been doing a pretty good job of keeping things clean since that day. We’ll have it professionally cleaned when the weather improves, hopefully they’ll appreciate that enough to continue picking up after themselves. I’m not holding out a lot of hope on that though. I don’t know if it’s a boy thing or what, but they just don’t care about throwing stuff everywhere.

    Ajith, yes it’s a HUGE challenge. For some reason my 6-year-olds clean better than the older boys. I haven’t figured that one out yet, but I’ll take it.

    Motorcycles for sale, I’m glad you laughed. Yes, the vacuuming is a regular thing. Once last summer the boys made little hackey sacks made from balloons stuffed with lentils. Can you see where this is going? Yep! They exploded. In the car. That was the boys’ first vacuuming the car experience. I just smiled and handed them the hose. They did a halfway decent job.

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  • Soma February 27, 2009, 4:53 am

    I think your kids will love that,..

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  • Doing business in the Philippines February 27, 2009, 5:12 am

    One of the interesting post ^_^. That’s good at least they know how to clean their mess.

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  • Amy March 1, 2009, 12:59 am

    Soma, they’re not really fond of the smell. They do enjoy making a big deal about it and discussing the whole “who threw up in the van” story EVERY time it’s really smelly. Sigh. Boys.

    Doing business in the Philippines, if only they would not make the mess in the first place….

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