From: Sarah V. on
On Dec 14, 10:03 pm, "S.M. Wells" <smse...(a)gmail.com> wrote:

[...]
> Should the 11 yo clean up his own puke or not?

Not.

I appreciate that you are in a chronically unpleasant situation, that
your stepson has been misbehaving in ways that have been extremely
frustrating for you on an ongoing basis, and that cleaning up vomit is
an unpleasant job under the best of circumstances, but I'm afraid that
expecting a sick child to clean up after himself is just plain out of
order. He may genuinely have felt too ill to make it to the bathroom
(and the situation is not going to be helped by him seeing your
readiness to assume the worst of him) and, either way, yes, you have
to take care of him when he's ill, and that includes cleaning up after
him when needed. That's part of a parent's job, and that applies to
step-parents as well. You don't get exemption from the bits of
parenthood that you don't like.


Sarah
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From: MarieD on
"S.M. Wells" <smserba(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
news:e50b9830-6b04-41dc-aaa5-b3be315cc9b0(a)u7g2000yqm.googlegroups.com...
> First of all I think that if he is too lazy to get up and go to the
> bathroom (he has been able to make it before) he OUGHT to clean up the
> mess. Second, I don't see where his mother gets off telling his father
> and I what he should and shouldn't clean up in our house. Third, she
> has laminate floors, we are replacing broadloom room by room because
> of allergies in my family. Lastly, I don't want to be handling vomit
> that is full of some kind of germs that made a person sick.
>
> Should the 11 yo clean up his own puke or not?

There is no way I'd make a child clean up his own vomit. Even adults are not
able to make it to the bathroom 100% of the time. Stomach viruses are very
sudden and strong.
And honestly I'd not trust a child to clean it up completely.
Marie

From: MarieD on
"S.M. Wells" <smserba(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
news:ae1b6e0d-b89a-454a-b0cf-8531cba8e4bd(a)e27g2000yqd.googlegroups.com...
<<What if *I*, the caregiver for 5 people in my house including ME gets
sick because of what I had to clean up in my stepsons room? Who will
look after ME when I get sick?!!>>

Duh. MOTHERS have been cleaning up puke for eternity. We have been sick and
still taking care of everyone else. What's wrong with you? How do you think
the population got so high? Us getting sick hasn't hurt the population
level.
Marie

From: MarieD on
"MarieD" <abc(a)123.com> wrote in message
news:xO5_m.4329$DR6.692(a)newsfe19.iad...
> There is no way I'd make a child clean up his own vomit. Even adults are
> not able to make it to the bathroom 100% of the time. Stomach viruses are
> very sudden and strong.
> And honestly I'd not trust a child to clean it up completely.
> Marie

Interestingly, one of my children woke me up with a stomach virus the same
night I posted this. Lots of throwing up and laundry and cleaning up for me
to do.
Marie

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