How often? Perhaps not often enough?

There has been a hugely busy thread on Netmums this week nosy-ing into the question of how often we do certain things. At first glance of the title we assumed it was rude (that may just be the way our minds work – ahem) but it was just asking how often you do everyday household/childcare tasks. The thread  got us thinking about how often we do things (or should do things…or don’t do things… that maybe we perhaps should.)

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Here’s the thread. 

It asked ‘How often do you….?

  • wash your hair
  • bathe your kids
  • speak to your mum
  • eat chocolate
  • squirt bleach around the loo
  • change the bedding

Nosy but fairly innocent questions that prompted a flurry of replies.

Some said they did ALL daily! Change the bed sheets daily…really? How? Why?

We blushed respectively here on Team Netmums and warmed to the member who posted: “Reading how many times some people change their bedding I feel like a right scrub LOL I thought twice a month was fine… Maybe not”

Some Netmums fessed up to a ‘Tidy Friday” cleaning day. We’d probably rename it “Hidy Friday” being the day that we tend to shove armfuls of accumulated clutter into cupboards which we then push closed with our rears.

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Many admitted they ate chocolate every day. We applaud them. There surely must be some research about how snarfing chocolate once a day is good for your health and makes your kids happier? Does it feature on the happiness index somewhere? Surely?

As for how often we all speak to our mums – it ranged from several times a day to not often enough (more guilt).

As we delved further into the replies a few of Team Netmums felt a bit ashamed about only washing our kids when we feared potatoes might start growing out of their ears and genuinely hoped that people had been answering the ‘How often do you change the bed linen?’ question with the same kind of approach taken when asked to answer the ‘How many units of alcohol do you drink per week’ question in a survey.

This news article, which revealed Londoners only change their bed sheets six times a year made us feel like positive domestic goddesses.

All in all we think that we should ask some further probing questions (all designed to make us feel better):

How often do you…?

  • laugh or smile each day (and why?)
  • dance or sing like no-one is watching/listening?
  • hide yummy treats and eat them in secret so you don’t have to share them with your kids?
  • put on a wash again as by the time you came to empty it the clothes were a bit pongy/creased up?
  • alter the clocks so you can put the kids to bed early?
  • drift off into a daze/actually fall asleep when you are supposed to be playing some sort of convoluted imaginary game with your kids?
  • skip pages of the bedtime story to hurry it up as you’re beyond knackered and want to watch something on telly?

We’d love you to answer some or all of the ‘How Often’ questions above. Leave your answers as a comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16 Responses to How often? Perhaps not often enough?

  1. Jay Carroll says:

    first set of questions- 1) when it needs it, 2) 2-3 times a week, 3) most days 4) mosty days 5) rarely-only if it really needs it! 6) every 2-3 weeks.

    2nd set of questions- 1)not enough! 2) maybe once a week if that! 3) a lot! most times i have treats i do this! 4) i used to do this after almost every wash, but my new machine/fabric softener are amazing and it still smells fresh after 2 days in machine! 5) never as he cant tell time yet! 6) most of the time when im playing the weird and wonderful games i end up in a daydream! 7) quite a lot! at least twice a week!

  2. This is a great idea on how parents will know if their days are productive or not. Lol

  3. emma h says:

    I wash my hair everyday. I bathe my child everyday as everything seems to get washed easier. Speak to my mum everyday as she takes me to work, less often in holidays as I try to let her have a life. 4) Eat choc almost everyday – some people drink wine, but I eat choc….5) I used to do flyladys swish and swipe round the loo and often use one of those toilet blocks so I don’t need to do, I put it down 4 or 5 times a week as it often ends up dirty with a boy and a man too 6) My other half changes the bed as I am not very good at it.

  4. Briony says:

    1. Hair- normally every other day
    2. Bath kids – try to do 3 times a week but can sometimes just be twice!!!
    3. Eat choc – way too much!!!
    4. Bleach loo – every month or if it really smells or we have visitors!!!
    5. Change bedding – kids try to do every 2-3 weeks, mine, when I get a chance!!!
    6. Laugh/smile – everyday
    7. Dance/sing – most days
    8. Hide treats – a lot!!!
    9. Wash clothes again – a lot
    10. Change clocks – every Christmas Eve!!!
    11. Drift off/daze – often!!
    12. Skip pages of books- used to, but mine are old enough to notice now!!!

  5. Churchill says:

    Daily
    Twice a week
    Never cos she dead.. Still
    Daily
    When I remember
    Weekly for ours n baby,kids do theirs as n when.

    Loads.. I have a 5 month old
    Sing.. To my 5 month old
    All the time
    Never, don’t have enough time for all the washing without doing a load twice.
    Used to years back, oh how I miss those years
    Yep and again used to with last two way back when, now I drift off when they ask for things x

  6. Lara says:

    I smile and laugh daily at anything and everything I find the strangest things amusing.
    Sing everday when doing the dishes or sing to myself when out and about, in my head I must ad. Never dance unless its with my daughter then I just have to sway about a bit.
    I hide mainly crisps and eat them when my daughters going to bed or I shut myself in the kitchen and eat them in secret.
    I have to rewash all the time normally due to the weather or not having enough room on all my radiators to dry stuff or im just lazy.
    Ive never altered the clocks yet as daughters only 3 so it doesnt matter. Definatly will when shes older.
    I fall asleep daily I just lie on the couch or lie on my bed as daughter tells me to ” go away” when her programmes are on which is great for me. I try to get back into bed after ive made her breakfast which infuriates her.
    I read stories with the nightlight on so I often cant read what the storys about so I just say whatever I thinks going on or just point to the picture and say whats that. A good one is to lie down and get them to read the story to you. I turn the telly up loud as I live in a flat so can have story time and listen to the telly at the same time.

  7. Becky b says:

    It asked ‘How often do you….?

    wash your hair….. Every other day
    bathe your kids….. Every other day
    speak to your mum……every day
    eat chocolate……. Every day
    squirt bleach around the loo…… Every day
    change the bedding…… Once a week unless an accident/nose bleed occurs!

    How often do you…?

    laugh or smile each day (and why?)…. Dozens at my daughters amazing personality!

    dance or sing like no-one is watching/listening?….. Not very often!

    hide yummy treats and eat them in secret so you don’t have to share them with your kids?……. At least once a month!

    put on a wash again as by the time you came to empty it the clothes were a bit pongy/creased up?….. Once a month

    alter the clocks so you can put the kids to bed early?….. Never

    drift off into a daze/actually fall asleep when you are supposed to be playing some sort of convoluted imaginary game with your kids?…… Occasionally but I am 8months pregnant and shattered!!

    skip pages of the bedtime story to hurry it up as you’re beyond knackered and want to watch something on telly?……never because of telly but sometimes because I’m exhausted.

    But would not be without my dd.

  8. Lisa says:

    wash your hair- every other day
    bathe your kids- they bath themselves now
    speak to your mum- when i have the patience!
    eat chocolate-most days 🙂
    squirt bleach around the loo- once a week!
    change the bedding- when it needs it, usually once a fortnight

    laugh or smile each day (and why?)- all the time, no point in being miserable.

    dance or sing like no-one is watching/listening?- everyday in work haha!!

    hide yummy treats and eat them in secret so you don’t have to share them with your kids?-all the time!

    put on a wash again as by the time you came to empty it the clothes were a bit pongy/creased up?- id say this happens a few times a month.

    alter the clocks so you can put the kids to bed early?- never done this tbh!

    drift off into a daze/actually fall asleep when you are supposed to be playing some sort of convoluted imaginary game with your kids?- all the time!

    skip pages of the bedtime story to hurry it up as you’re beyond knackered and want to watch something on telly?- never done this either!

  9. Natalie says:

    Wow what a list. I wash my hair in the shower 1/2 time per day depending on how many times I get in the shower. (I use the shower as “relaxation/me time before bed). At 7 my daughter showers herself when she needs it between once per day and every 3 days, although she will wash if she needs it. I speak to my mum most days and see her once per week, I eat chocolate every day, quirt bleach around the toilet 2/4 times per week and I change our bedding weekly and our daughters fortnightly (husband sweats a lot, daughter is pretty clean!).

    I laugh and smile every day at myself, my child my husband my family and anyone else that I see, I sing and dance every day in the house and car and I’m often caught at it in shops!. (some people have no shame, haha). I don’t hide my treats as we share in our house and ask if anyone was saving it for something special, I am very hot on my washing so never rewash as it’s hung to dry within an hour of it finishing, I can’t put my daughter to bed early as she sleeps for 10/11hrs and will wake early if you put her to bed early, I never fall asleep playing and I never skip pages of stories.

  10. Alison says:

    First set – 1) every day 2) every other day 3) twice a week 4) most days 5) probably weekly 6) every fortnight.

    2nd lot – most of the time! Particularly hiding the chocolate….. Actually the washing thing very rarely – always hang it up straight away coz I NEVER iron – what a waste of a life!!!

  11. Hay says:

    1. Twice a week, 2. Every other day. 3. Never she is dead. 4. Almost daily(trying to cut down). 5. When in need. 6. When in need

  12. Jennie Davies says:

    Hair. Every other day,
    Bath Kids. 2 maybe 3 times a week.
    Mum. Once a a month but seeing her for the first time in 20 monthsin July as we are going to visit her.
    Eat Chocolate. Way to much, I love chocolate.
    Bleach Toilet. Once a week if i remember.
    Change bedding. Agian once a week if i can be bothered, Mine if it starts to smell of the man, or if the kids have eaten toast in it and have left all there crumbs in the bed.
    Laugh/Smile. I smile at my children every day. Laugh not so often.
    Dance. Not enough
    Hide Treats. Oh god yes all the time.
    Wash clothes again. There is no chance of this, my washing pile is way to big with 5 children in the house.
    Alter Clocks. I have never done this but i might try it.
    Drift off, if i sit down i’ll sleep.
    Skip pages of abook. When they were little.

    Great set of questions, makes you realise whats important in life. xx

  13. Sonia says:

    Great questions,

    I wash my hair daily
    Bathe kids every day and wash there hair twice a week
    I speak to my mom everyday (she does stay with me during the week)
    Eating chocolate isn’t really my thing but eating crisps and savoury snacks I do EVERY day
    Don’t really bleach my loo that often prefer to give it a good clean
    Change my beds fortnightly, cot gets done every few days (slobber from teething)
    I try to smile as much as I can and the one thing that makes me smile guaranteed is my kids smiling at me
    I do sing with my little man and with my daughter in the car, sometimes we dance but my daughter is such a diva she takes up all the floor space with her over eager dance moves my son likes to shake his tooshy but not a big dancer ATM
    Don’t hide treats as there not a big thing in my house, and when we do have them we all have access to them, but I do have to limit the kids else they would eat the whole lot in one sitting lol
    I have had to re-wash clothes numerous times, rather spend time with my kids then stood at the washing machine all day
    Have never altered the clocks cus knowing me I’d forget to change them back and then be late for everything lol
    I’ve lost count how many times I’ve drifted into a haze when playing with the kids! I try not to but with a teething little man and a hyper big girl I’m usually exhausted
    I don’t tend to read to my kids at bed time (bad mommy I know) but it’s not really there thing we tend to share books during the day more

    There are loads of things that I think as parents we feel we should do daily but sometimes it’s about prioritising, and yes guilt comes in and attacks but were only human and everyone is different

  14. Taylor says:

    Hi netmums,
    Hair. Every other day,
    Bath my lg every other unless super dirty as dry sensitive.
    Speak to my mum most days.
    Eat Chocolate if n when we have it.
    Bleach toilet most days just for freshen up.
    Change bedding, once a week if not dirty or wet the bed.
    Laugh/Smile. I smile at my children every day, Laugh most days.
    Dance quite often
    Hide Treats. Oh god yes all the time.
    Wash clothes, always have washing on and drying. Only 3 people in the house.
    Alter clocks never.
    Drift off, quite often I work part time in a bar and dont get home til 2am. And up with a toddler.
    Skip pages of a book quite often if she isnt paying attention.

    Great set of questions, makes you realise whats important in life. xx

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