I work hard on my blog, I work hard writing for other people and in between working online I am doing laundry, making dinner, running the kids to appointments and playing secretary to my father in law, but lately my kids have been taking this for granted.
So talking with a friend she said to me when working in business what would you do? I told her delegate. She said your kids at home are 19 and 13 and there is no reason they can’t pick up the slack.
I sat down and wrote down a chore chart. One I thought was fair and not so tough. This is what I what I typed up and posted on the refrigerator.
Chore Chart & Information – Subject to change at a moments notice for various reasons. Both boys will help with misc items as well as picking up slack. You will also be giving a hand outside the house in the yard. No MORE “That’s NOT My Job” or “That’s HIS Job” this is a family and our home needs to run like a home.
Son #1 – 19
Put away food after dinner – Daily
Sweep Kitchen and Dining Room – Daily
Mop Kitchen, Mud Room and Diningroom – Weekly if you don’t pick a day mom or dad will.
Change the Cat Litter on Wednesdays
Clean Little Bathroom on Wednesdays – Toilet, Sink – Sweep and mop floor
Clean Big Bathroom on Wednesdays – Toilet, Sink, Counter- Sweep and mop floor
Pick up living room and vacuum – Daily
You will also start doing your own laundry. Washing, Drying, Folding and putting away. If you need help mom will help you.
Do Dishes Daily
Clean off counters and wipe down – Daily
Wipe Down Stove and Refridge – Daily
Change Cat Litter and Rinse Out Box – Saturdays
Clean Little Bathroom on Saturdays – Toilet, Sink – Sweep and mop floor
Clean Big Bathroom on Saturdays – Toilet, Sink, Counter- Sweep and mop floor
Clean off Kitchen Table – Daily
Empty all garbages & take care of recyclables – Daily
Take all laundry to the laundry room & sort – Saturdays
Help Mom with her area and laundry as needed.
I know this seems like a lot but here is the thing. Boy #1 is 19 and needs to learn to do his laundry. I’m not doing my job as a parent if I’m not teaching him life skills. One of the cats we have is his and I feel he should be helping to take care of the cats. The rest is small stuff really but stuff that will help me keep the house up in between.
WOWIE the shit hit the fan. “MOM, I’m NOT 13. I don’t need a chore chart.”
Me, “Um, yeah you do because you don’t do things unless I scream. Then I added “if you want to live here you have to help.”
Son #2, Ok Mom.
So you may ask what my husband and I are doing around the house. Well, first off we’re both working full time jobs. My husband is mowing, raking and maintaining our 2 mowable acres as well as our barn. I am making dinner 90% of the time and clean up messes inbetween what was assigned to the boys. I also want to add we have a very small house so vacuuming is less than a 5 minute job etc. I’m not even going to start on clutter.
What are your thoughts and how do your kids help around the house?