Having kids old enough to competently do chores is a beautiful thing. While I sit on the couch and drink margaritas, they scrub floors, clean toilets and fold laundry. I’ve paid my dues, and now it’s my turn to relax.
I kid you, of course. It can often take as much energy on my part to get a kid to do something than it would take to just do it myself.
But in order to satisfy those people who keep mumbling about how things were back in the day, and to avoid creating awful future roommates and spouses, we must insist that kids help around the house.
At the beginning of the summer, the boys devised a chore schedule to fulfill a Boy Scout requirement. After listing the household chores they can handle, they split them up in a way that made no sense to anyone but them.
It was a major failure. The teenager had to be awoken every time the garbage was full. The middle dude was away at camp for several weeks of the summer. And the little guy got stuck with all of the really bad chores.
So now we’re trying something new, and it seems to actually be working. Each still has something of his own to do, but it’s generally on his own time. They all have to help clean up after dinner.
The middle dude came up with what you see pictured here. When you take care of one of these three daily annoyances, you put a tally mark underneath your name, so we always know whose turn it is.
I share this with you not because we think we’ve got the answer, but because most parents I know struggle with this chore thing. Plus, I don’t want to be the only one sitting on the couch sipping margaritas while the kids rake the leaves and clean out the garage this Fall.