A mum has devised a novel way to make sure that her kids keep up with the things they’re supposed to do around the house. She has agreed a contract with each of her three children that lays out in black and white the standards they’re expected to adhere to at home.
What’s more, if any of her kids falls short, they are either fined £5 or have their mobile phone confiscated for days at a time.
Katrina Neathey has spent years of her life clearing up after her kids, 19-year-old Hayden, 18-year-old Joshua and 13-year-old Olivia.
So, when she finally became fed up with chasing around after them to clear up the mess, she decided to impose a set of rules on them that have real consequences.
To be fair, most of the rules are pretty simple stuff like putting washing away, emptying the dishwasher or not having make-up or food in the bedroom.
But, if the older two break the rules, they’re fined £5. If her younger daughter drops the ball, she has her phone taken off her.
Katrina explained: “They’d hide dirty clothes or plates at the back of their wardrobe. I’ve found milk bottles left to go off.
“The worst was a used chopping board.”
The rules came into force after she discovered a load of dirt on her £2,000 ($2,600) carpet. That’s when the ten-point contracts were brought into force.
Katrina, who owns a cleaning firm in Horsham, reckons her sanctions are ‘harsh but fair’, but adds she’s only had to take £20 ($26) off the kids so far.
She continued: “The boys will notice when £5 has gone out their pocket.
“It’s making my life so much easier. I don’t have to nag, which is great for everyone.”
Aside from that, there is a specific rule regarding 13-year-old Olivia’s make-up, and if she is found to have it in the bedroom, her phone gets taken away from her.
To be fair, the list isn’t exactly difficult, and if it teaches them the value of cleaning up after themselves, surely it has to be a good thing, right?