A mum whose two children couldn’t stop bickering over the Easter break has found a novel way to teach them a lesson – with her own version of “community service”.
Joseph, six, and Aliyah, five, were transformed into model citizens when mum Katie, 35, put them to work cleaning the streets over the Easter break.
The youngsters were handed litter pickers and even donned home-made high-vis vests reading “my mum put me on community service” after their sibling rivalry got out of hand.
Now Katie says the pair are having more fun and getting better sleep because they’ve been out getting exercise and communicating more with each other, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Katie, from Wavertree, Liverpool, said: “Since they broke up from school they’ve been bickering, arguing and fighting.
“I had to go to B&M and Aliyah asked for a litter picker. We got a couple of them and it started from there. She wanted to go out and use it.
“I go out with them and they’ve even unblocked the grids. The litter is bagged up ready to be collected.
“They’ve had some lovely comments off people, and been given Easter eggs and even some pound coins which they’ve put in their money box.
“It’s been good for them. It’s like teaching them about caring and making the environment more friendly for cats and animals.
“They’re getting plenty of exercise and are also more positive and got more energy.
“Their attitude towards me is a lot more better, they are communicating with each other a lot better, they’re having fun, and also sleeping better of a night.
“The children have come to realise what they are doing is for the greater good, they’re enjoying the compliments and seeing happy, grateful people.”