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Old 05-23-2007, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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BERLIN (Reuters) - A nine-year-old German girl was so upset about having to tidy her room she put up a sign in her window urging passers-by to call police for help.

Pedestrians in the central city of Braunschweig saw the girl crying in the window, holding up a sign up saying "Help! Please call the police!" Next to her sat a small boy. Quickly alerted, officers rushed to the scene to discover the girl had argued with her mother about tidying her room and enlisted her two-year-old brother's aid to attract attention.

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Old 05-24-2007, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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Oh my that is funny! I could totally see that happening at my house..."clean your room" has become fighting words here usually with full onslaught of tears and whining...LOL
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Old 05-24-2007, 11:53 AM
 
Location: coos bay oregon
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hey Irishmom,
try this, if you get a fight on your hands when the kids are told to clean their rooms, calmly tell them, "Okay, why dont you go outside and play, or go watch tv for awhile? I am going to go in and clean your room.....MY WAY." grab a few boxes/garbage bags and head for their room. Works great for my kids!!! They were stunned the first time and gave me enough time to start tossing their beloved belongings into a box marked "Goodwill donations" Never have had a problem since. If they start to whine, I just say, "Oh good, Ive had my eye on a few things I would like to get rid of for you"
Tiffany
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Old 05-24-2007, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Last time I had that argument with my mam many moons ago all my clothes (that were dirty in a bundle on the floor) where thrown out the window into the front yard. I never had problems tidying up the room again.
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Old 05-24-2007, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Sand Springs, OK
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I usually just tell my kids, ok fine, you don't want to clean your room. I'll trade you. You guys can clean the entire rest of the house, take care of laundry, cook dinner and clean up and I'll just go clean your room and then have it nice and cushy the rest of the day.

They usually choose to clean their rooms, lol.
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Old 05-24-2007, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Miami
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I've responded to a call where the 11 year old didn't want to go to school. I almost smacked the mother across the head.
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Old 05-24-2007, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Sand Springs, OK
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I've responded to a call where the 11 year old didn't want to go to school. I almost smacked the mother across the head.
This past week it was on the news that this mother called 911 because she needed a babysitter for her kid. Unreal. I can't remember what state that was in, but use some common sense people.
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Old 05-24-2007, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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I've responded to a call where the 11 year old didn't want to go to school. I almost smacked the mother across the head.
You mean the mom called or the kid? If it was the mom you should have smacked her! If it was the kid you should have drove her/him to school in handcuffs and escorted him/her into the principals office...to teach a lesson.
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Old 05-24-2007, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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hey Irishmom,
try this, if you get a fight on your hands when the kids are told to clean their rooms, calmly tell them, "Okay, why dont you go outside and play, or go watch tv for awhile? I am going to go in and clean your room.....MY WAY." grab a few boxes/garbage bags and head for their room. Works great for my kids!!! They were stunned the first time and gave me enough time to start tossing their beloved belongings into a box marked "Goodwill donations" Never have had a problem since. If they start to whine, I just say, "Oh good, Ive had my eye on a few things I would like to get rid of for you"
Tiffany
Been there, done that....believe it or not it didn't work. But I have finally gottent through to the older one...the little one is just stubborn.
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Old 06-04-2007, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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This past week it was on the news that this mother called 911 because she needed a babysitter for her kid. Unreal. I can't remember what state that was in, but use some common sense people.
I heard that on radio. That was so funny and desperate!
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