While listening to another mother speak about her children recently, I had a light bulb moment! My children need a mother! They need 24 hour guidance! They NEED to be told what to do! Why on Earth was I waiting and expecting them to show initiative in regards to keeping their room clean, washing dishes, and washing their own clothes. Ahhhh... I feel like I've just figured out a math problem I've been battling with for days. Unfortunately, I don't have initiative-driven children who are anxious to do their chores. Now that I have realized that, I can release them from the ladder of high expectations and allow them to be....just children...not Stepford Children, but normal children who need a mother to tell them what to do. Sigh...it's going to be a great day!