Mother goes on strike to teach messy children a tough lesson
JESSICA Stilwell, a Canadian mother, has become an internet hit after going on strike for six days, refusing to tidy up after her three daughters, and setting up a blog called 'Striking Mom' that documented the chaos.
When tired working mother Jessica Stilwell sat down at the end of a long day, amid the clutter left by her three daughters, she decided enough was enough.
Taking to her Facebook page the normally house proud Mrs Stilwell declared that she would be doing no more tidying, cleaning, or picking up after the children she jokingly referred to as "basement trolls".
She announced: "This working mom has officially gone on STRIKE within the home!!!"
Sitting back with a glass of wine, she then began recording how her residence in Calgary, Canada, descended into a chaotic pigsty littered with curdled bowls of cereal milk, dirty socks and used tissues.
The results of her "mommy strike" became an internet hit which has been followed by an army of other underappreciated mothers, first on Facebook and then her blog.
Mrs Stilwell, a social worker by day, did not tell her twin daughters Olivia and Peyton (12) and their sister Quinn (10) about her "experiment," in order to see how long it would take for them to begin cleaning up after themselves.
She secretly washed and hid her own cutlery, and her husband Dylan was in on the plot.She soon learned that sitting milk "begins to stink much sooner than one would expect" and that takeaway food sets "like superglue". The house itself was enveloped by an "aroma of two-day old garlic dip".
Mrs Stilwell added: "If you leave the dishwasher open all day long with dirty dishes, the extra large dog will eventually lick the entire thing clean."
On day four, one of her daughters told Mrs Stilwell a total of 17 times that the kitchen was "disgusting," but still did nothing about it.
As the dishes piled up she resorted to using paper plates. She then ran out of lunch bags for school meals and instead sought to embarrass the children by giving them "poo bags" intended for clearing up after the dog.
By day six the girls eventually caved in, with one of them breaking down and begging for help to clean up.
Mrs Stilwell said: "They actually began turning on each other. It got ugly. Each one blamed the others for the mess."
After she revealed the experi-ment, one of her daughters said it was the "dumbest thing ever" and "kids have parents for a reason, to clean up after them."
However, they eventually agreed to clean up. Mrs Stilwell said she had "great kids" but acted because "I fear we are raising a generation of young people whose attitudes will be "What are you going to do for me?" (© Daily Telegraph, London)