In honor of us getting back to keeping up with our household responsibilities I pulled my all-time favorite book from the bookshelf. I read this book over and over as a child. It was my favorite Berenstain Bear book EVER. Looking back at it now I realize that my “virgo” personality was in full effect even as a child. The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room. I loved this book for the before and after chaos to organization. I had a need for things to be organized all the time as a child. My kitchen had to be in order, my markers in rainbow order, books, clothes, all of it. Yes, I had a teenage phase where clothes were on the floor, but certain things had to be in order or I would be agitated.
The boys like the book as well, not as much as me of course. I think they just see me as Mama Bear coming into the room in a fit of rage with a box…yes this happens in my house. I have surprised myself a time or two when I actually filled the box and took the toys away. As they say, it’s all about the follow through. I didn’t throw out their stuff of course, HELL that’s my money that paid for that stuff. However, they had to earn each and every toy back by doing good deeds. So we are back to a new start here, and they know this Mama means business. This book is a great teaching tool when you’re trying to get your point across to the kiddos about doing their chores and helping out without having to lecture them or shout.