What underappreciated parent has not wanted to strike? A mother recently stopped cleaning after her daughters to teach them a lesson in gratitude and housework.
Jessica Stilwell from Calgary, Alberta did no "picking up, tidying, washing, cleaning, clearing, reminding or nagging" for six days. She did not tell her twins, 12, or their younger sister, 10, that she relinquished these chores. She simply sat back with a glass of wine and watched the mess accumulate.
She started to write about her "Mommy Strike" on Facebook in posts peppered with humor.
Stilwell recently stopped cleaning up after her three daughters to teach them a lesson in gratitude and housework. Did it ever pay off. The youngest, 10, broke down in tears, begging her mom to help her clean because she just couldn’t take the mess anymore.
"This working mom has officially gone on STRIKE within the home!!! Nothing said, no warning…updates to follow:)," she wrote.
Due to the overwhelming response, she created a blog: "Crazy Work Mom: Diary of a mother on the brink of snapping!" filled with anecdotes as their home filled with clutter and dirty dishes.
"EWWWWW, what is THAT??" her daughter Peyton said on the second day.
“Crazy Work Mom” Jessica Stilwell managed to teach her daughters to appreciate her hard work more by refusing to clean for six days. "I realized during the week that my mom does a lot for us and that we should be more appreciative of her," one daughter said.
"Why that looks like your breakfast my love," Stilwell answered, according to the blog.
She described giving the finger to her twins, whom she called the "Basement Trolls," when they turned their backs.
"I love them, but they are disgusting little creatures," she wrote.
"I fear we are raising a generation of young people whose attitudes will be 'What are you going to do for me?'" Stilwell wrote.
The youngest daughter, Quinn, broke down in tears on the fourth night as she tried to rinse a glass to use.
"I don't wanna eat out of pooh bags anymore," Quinn said, according to the blog. "I don't want paper plates or beer cups for breakfast. Can you please help me clean up?"
All three children could not stand the mess by the sixth day, and the strike came to a close. Stilwell said that she is proud of her daughters but feared that their privileges could prove a disservice.
"I fear we are raising a generation of young people whose attitudes will be 'What are you going to do for me?'" she wrote.
Her daughters told NBC's “Today” that they now understand why their mother stopped cleaning.
"I realized during the week that my mom does a lot for us and that we should be more appreciative of her," one daughter said.