The Robot Syndrome

I have decided that I need to speak to my doctor about this. The Robot Syndrome. The Robot Syndrome is how you feel when you repeat the same activities over and over again. All moms ( I would hedge bets on this one ) suffer from the Robot Syndrome.  It’s the numbness you feel when you do those things you dread doing but must be done – over and over and over and over again.  You know what I mean: fold laundry, empty dishwasher, cook dinner, clean up dinner, more laundry, feed dog, vacuum the house – repeat repeat repeat. I am looking for ideas on how to make these activities more interesting and fun.

I know what you are thinking. Why don’t I make these CHORES that the GIRLS can do? Well, here is my answer to that. The girls have their chores – but sometimes they don’t do their chores. These activities are things that MUST be done else there is chaos in the household that sounds like this: “MOM, where is my underwear!” or “MOM, what’s for dinner tonight”. Do I really want my 8-year-old cooking dinner? nope, don’t think so. I’m not really up for chicken nuggets tonight honey 🙂  and I’m no Rachel Ray so my ability to cook for my family is difficult enough, let alone to TEACH somebody else to do it. My anal tendencies do not allow for laundry that is not folded properly.  Laundry not folded properly creates wrinkles that would lend itself to more work for guess who: MOM! That work is called ironing. A task I dread even more than the act of folding laundry!   Feeding the dog is one I managed to delegate to my six-year-old. My ten-year old makes ‘barf’ noises at the first onset of the smell of dog food (yes, she may be pulling a fast one on me – I’m not that naive!). In short, I feel content that my children are (a) making their beds (b) brushing their teeth and (c) keeping their room relatively clean (relatively clean = I can see the carpet).   The Robot Syndrome is contagious. If you suffer from the Robot Syndrome it’s likely the case your best girl pals do as well (the apple don’t fall far from the tree). Alas, there is peace in knowing we are all in the same boat 🙂


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