Here under the Big Top everyone is expected to pitch in. Such is life with a big family or with dual-income parents or a mother who is just plain lazy…you decide.
But seriously, since my kids were just little munchkins, they all have been expected to pitch in one way or another. I feel that each of them should be more than capable of picking up after themselves and they do. When the older ones were younger than Daniel they were just as eager as Daniel is today.
“Mommy wants me to pick up my dirty socks and put them in the laundry hamper then stack the newspapers? Mommy wants me to help set the table? Mommy is LETTING me help unload the dishwasher! Yippee-skippee!!!“
Oh, but it soon gets old though and the proof is in my nagging, er, reminding the kids that they need to clean their rooms, bathroom or pick up any mess they make including the set of dirty dishes that always seem to be in their room. Honestly I get so weary having to always tell the kids what they should do here under the Big Top. They are reasonably bright, capable young people who have lived with me all their lives. Why is it so hard for them to understand that I don’t like wet towels piled on the bathroom floor, or toothpaste in the sink or dirty dishes piled on the kitchen counters when the dishwasher is but two feet away? Days like that I almost actually wish for them to regress back to ages 4-6 when they were eager to lend a hand for their mommy…almost!
But today, I stumbled upon a new way to get them to WANT to help out around the house. I don’t even have to ask because they all want to help…as long as they get to use this
I know, I know. Soon enough the shiny, red, new vacuum cleaner will lose its attractive glow and that new vacuum cleaner smell and they will no longer be stumbling over one another to help mom out. I guess then I will just have to buy another new vacuum cleaner. This could get very expensive.
Besides chore lists, allowances, rewards, nagging, yelling, et. al. how do you get your kids to help out around the house?