So earlier in the week I was reading the Family Issue of my fave magazine Real Simple and came across a fabulous piece of advice. So I tweeted it:
I failed to give credit to Real Simple. Truly, only because of the 140 character limit. But because I failed to give credit, the response was this:
Why yes I am brilliant, thank you. The kids went crazy cleaning and their rooms looked pretty good. They immediately came down asking when the fairy was coming. And asking…..and asking…. I told them repeatedly that the fun of the clean room fairy is that you never know when she is coming so you need to always keep your room clean.
My skeptical 6 year old was not buying it. Now this is the child that stopped believing in Santa Claus at 5. The one who only believes in the tooth fairy because I told her if she didn’t she wouldn’t get the money. So this, clean room fairy? She says to me, “Is this clean room fairy real? Or did you just trick us into cleaning our room?” The jig is up!!
So I go about making my family dinner and suddenly I hear Lily say, “Hannah, the clean room fairy came!!! She left us a quarter!!!!” They come running downstairs and show me their quarters. I pull Lily aside and ask her just where exactly the “Clean Room Fairy” got quarters to hand out. She smiled and said, “From daddy’s change cup.”
Well played, Lily….well played.
Submitted to Friday Fails over at My Blessed Life.