Monday, October 28, 2013

Chore Fail

You may have detected that I'm at the end of my rope here. My kids' inability to complete the most basic tasks had me considering going on strike. I've heard from many parents, including my own, that they relate to my frustration. Luckily, many people shared suggestions and I'm sorting through the pros and cons of each to determine what will make the most sense for us. I don't think I can handle the results of a mommy strike, so I'm formulating a Plan B.

In the meantime, I plan to remind the kids of the basic rules we drafted and agreed upon:

1. Make your bed.

2. Put your dirty clothes into the hamper right-side out.

3. Put away your clean clothes.

4. Pick up your mess when you’re done playing with something.

5. Take upstairs and put away any things at the bottom of the stairs.

6. Clear your dishes after eating.

7. Clean up any toothpaste spilled in the bathroom.

8. Hang up your coat and put away your shoes.

I have printed a new copy for each of them and set it at their place at the dinner table.

It sounds so simple, yet they so often fail. Rather than nag them, I'm going to give them visual cues in the form of photographs. This morning's failures include:

Failed #1 and #2

Failed #2

Failed #7

I'll be printing out these reminders and placing them next to the Chore Lists. I don't know if this will improve anyone's tidying skills, but at least I'm keeping myself amused in the process.

1 comment:

  1. Susie: They should get the message from this hopefully!!!!!!