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.)
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.
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.