Child Labor

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I am about to introduce you to a game that will open you up to a whole new world of parenthood. It may not be politically correct, it may not be socially acceptable and it may not be feminist approved, but it will change your life. Are you ready?

It’s a little game we like to call “Maid,” and it’s pretty much the best thing ever.

How does it work, you ask? It’s easy. First, your child will need to don an apron. Next, you’ll need to assign a name to allow the child to get into character. Then? Let the child lose in a messy room. Finally, take a deep breath and watch the magic happen.

Encourage your maid to fold clothes. Sweeping, scrubbing and organizing are all fair game. Engage him or her in conversation: Where do you live? What’s your house like? Who taught you how to fold? Etc. Invite them over for dinner as thanks. Hum a little “Whistle While You Work.” Toss them a few bucks for going above and beyond.

You must be careful not to overuse the game, or the novelty wears off. Save it for the biggest of messes, sit back and enjoy.

You’re welcome.

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