Cleaning House!

10 Jan

It was Friday and the kids had been pushing to have friends over. So apparently at some point I promised I would open our house up to friends this weekend. And sure enough they called me on it. And so, two out of the three got to invite someone over for the night.kaleyann_cleaningkit_02

I wish you could have seen the looks on their faces when they walked in the door and I began to hand out cleaning assignments. We all gathered in the family room and I gave each kid a room to clean. Now, my kids already know me and were 94 percent certain I was joking. But the looks on their friends’ faces was priceless. That look of sudden uneasiness, shock and fear. The expressionless stare of “wha?” “um, really?” was one of the highlights of my week. “Is your dad serious?” was whispered a couple of times I believe.

As I began to hand out dust rags even my kids started to wonder what they’d gotten themselves into. I said, “Well we always clean on weekends and you said you wanted to have friends over. Never said what we’d be doing. This will make it go that much faster.”

Of course I was kidding. But what a fun fifteen minutes that was.


Posted by on January 10, 2014 in cleaning, Daily Life, Divorce, Uncategorized


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4 responses to “Cleaning House!

  1. Pat Rooney

    January 11, 2014 at 10:13 am


  2. Jp

    January 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    This article made me laugh as I’m sittin here in the doctors office… Haha 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  3. Jenny

    January 29, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    This is hilarious! I can just imagine the looks on the kids’ faces – I know the looks on my kids’ face when I even joke about them cleaning the house before having their friends over.

    • divorced dad

      January 30, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Thanks for the comment. You know, a lot of serious topics when it comes to parenting. Sometimes we just need to laugh. Perhaps one of the greatest gifts we can offer our kids is teaching them to lighten up once in a while.


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