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As a working mom with three young sons, keeping the house clean is a big challenge. It sounds so "1950's mom in an apron" to say that - but seriously I have THREE ACTIVE BOYS (12 year old tween and twin 8 year olds). Even though we clean the house thoroughly every week, one hour later our bedrooms and bathrooms do are back to their “wind storm passed through here” look. When asked, my boys will help neaten their room, clear their plates from the table and pick up their school and sports junk from the front door– but I need to remind them. And remind them. And remind them.
If I don’t remind them, I am stepping over nerf guns, lego pieces, trails of clothing and food wrappers that never made it to the garbage can. This is quite a change from my pre-kid years as a Senior Manager at a top tier consulting firm where my project teams worked together like a well-oiled machine, and never left half-eaten cheese sticks melting on the TV. I can't seem to get that same pace going at my own home.
When I was contacted to participate in a program that the Children's Health Fund and Clorox partnered with called "Check-in for Checkups" by sharing a healthy habit, I saw a great opportunity to engage my sons in cleaning chores. Why not encourage this behavior during the summer, while school is out and their schedule is more relaxed, with the goal of continuing these chores when school starts up again this fall?
The end goal is for my boys to be able to manage cleaning their own dorm room or apartment when they are out on their own.
Just thinking back to what some of the boy's dorm rooms and apartments looked like when I was in college, I began fantasizing that my kids would avoid this rat-trap, health hazard phase of early adulthood. I imagined telling my three boys that women like a man who knows how to clean up after himself. Yes, the rewards for clean habits start young and continue as you get older. I’ll tell you all about their progress in the next blog post.
The Check-ins For Checkups Program
My role in this effort is to check-in with my healthy habit (engaging my three boys with cleaning) and to share information about the Check-in for Checkups program with my communities. Clorox and CHF are working to encourage healthy habits and help provide health care to disadvantaged children. This is the second year CHF and Clorox are partnering and this year’s program is called Check-in for Checkups. For each check-in, Clorox will donate 10 cents, up to $100,000, to CHF to help support their goal of providing half a million health care visits to children in need across the country.
When you check-in your healthy habit, you are not only helping yourself, but also the lives of others. The more you check-in, the more you give back to disadvantaged children across the country. This issue is of the utmost importance since one in five children in the U.S. live in poverty and millions of children don't have access to regular check-ups and timely health care visits when sick.
How to particpate in Check-in for Checkups:
Join me as I regularly share my healthy habit updates at the website Check-in for Checkups and check-in your healthy habit. I will also be spreading the word on Facebook and on Twitter using the #Checkinforcheckups hashtag.
Here is some information I recieved about Children's Health Fund from their website: