Jessica Stilwell, a busy Alberta mom who works as a social worker, was tired of cleaning up after her three daughters. At the beginning of the month, instead of continuing to play maid to her kids, twins aged 12 and a 10 year-old, Stilwell threw in the towel.She did what any disgruntled and unappreciated worker might do — she went on strike.
Stilwell began documenting the mess and chaos that followed in her home on her Facebook page and after garnering huge amounts of attention, she began a blog called “Crazy Working Mom: Diary of a mother on the brink of snapping!”
In the blog, she documented the mess and chaos that mounted in her home — heaps of dirty dishes, cluttered countertops and countless messes.
“I’ll admit I care a lot about what people think about my housekeeping skills. It’s like a pass/fail test of motherhood for me,” she writes. “Before this strike I couldn’t have imagined a fate worse than death than to have someone stop by with my house less than perfect. I am now contemplating giving tours.”
Right away, she writes that her children noticed something was very wrong with their A-type personality, neat-freak mother, but she didn’t reveal she was on strike right away.
“Peyton asked me if this was one of my ‘silly mind games’ then proceeded to express her disgust that I am not doing anything for her. My answer, as it has been all week, was an empathetic ‘I have just been so busy this week my love,’” Stilwell writes.
“Then I walked away and checked to see if my wine fridge was stocked.”
The “mommy strike” ended after six days in early October, but it resonated with parents everywhere. Stilwell’s blunt writing still and vivid photographs are still bringing her notoriety, most notably through the American talk show circuit. She is scheduled to appear on Katie Couric’s talk show later on Friday.
Would a “mommy strike” work in your house, do you think? How long till your family started asking “what’s wrong”?