Trying to get our kids to clean up after themselves is often a chore in itself! They seem to have countless amounts of excuses up their sleeves to get out of tidying up, some of which are, dare we admit it, are hilarious.
We asked MummyPages Mums to share the funniest excuse their kid has ever given to get out of chores, and this is what they said:
1. Nicola: “My daughter says: 'Mummy, I'm Queen Elsa, how can I tidy up??' in a very serious tone!"
2. Abi, Milton Keynes: "Only today, my little two-and-a-half-year-old daughter told me that she can't help me tidy up her toys because she has a baby in her tummy.. I'm currently 34 weeks pregnant - if only that excuse would work for me."
3. Jaki, Plymouth: “My four-year-old's latest excuse is: 'But Mummy I'm not five yet'"!!
4. Thea: "My three-year-old son just tells me: "I can't, I'm too busy watching my cartoons!!"
5. Holly: "I either get, 'I'm poorly', 'I'm really too busy', or 'just put them in the bin, Mum'! She's two-and-a-half and will do ANYTHING to get out of tidying up!"
6. Jennifer, Manchester: "My little one says he'll help with washing up when he is 99! Bless him!"
7. Susana, Croydon: "My six-year-old always has a good excuse not to tidy up after play. His best one, I think, was when I asked him to put toys away so that he could do his homework. His response: "I can't Mummy because my arms will get tired and then I won't be able to hold my pencil." Well, what could I say to that?!"
8. Louise: "My four-year-old has a few excuses: 'My hands are too small' , 'my hands are broken', 'my arms are too tired' and 'look, my eyes are asleep...'"
9. Amy: “My nearly three-year-old tells me he has a bad back when he doesn't want to do something!"
10. Neshia: “My four-year-old says, "but I'm too tired" and takes herself off to bed. But as soon as I finish cleaning she's straight back down!"
11. Jaclyn: "My daughter told me she couldn't tidy up because her hair hurt! I actually laughed and said she didn't have to for her creativity."
12. Jules: "My three-year-old son tried to get out of cleaning up by saying: “I've got my Thomas the Tank cup stuck on my foot!"