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Tuesday Truth - My Kids Don't Have Chores

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I know that I'm in the minority here when I share that my daughters, ages 15 and 12, don't really have a lot of "chores", or rather, jobs around the house.  My girls are perfectly capable of washing dishes, putting them away without chipping or breaking them.  They get that vacuums have this really cool ability to suck up all the cat and dog hair our pets care to share. And they are aware of the concept: Dirty clothes + Soapy Water = Clean Clothes.  But... I just don't have them do those jobs.

My reasoning is this, I feel that, being a "stay-at-home" mom, I should do these things.  My husband has never, in all of our 20 years of marriage, said anything to me that made me feel I should do all the housework, it's just that if I'm not going to a job outside my home and contributing an income, that I should take care managing the home.  

Also, I like to have things done a certain way and I get anxious handing over the reigns.  There's that too.

My situation has been changing however, with opportunities to work from home, so I need to spend time away from the maintenance and concentrate on jobs that I've been assigned.  This should get me going on having my kids help maintain the house they live in, shouldn't it?  I'm still having trouble saying, "You do the dishes tonight" or "The washing machine is ready and waiting for you!".  In the long run it's not fair to my kids because they, or better yet everyone, should know how to take care of themselves and the home they live in. 

Well, I'll work on it. 

How about you?  How are you with jobs around the house?  Do you like to take care of the cleaning so that way you know it's done "properly"?  Or, do you have your child/children using a Chore Chart?

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4 comments:

  1. During my SAHM years, I did everything. No one ever said I *had* to, but I felt like it was the very least I could do since I wasn't bringing an income to our family. Since I've been back at work, I've been trying to give my kids a few chores...dishes, laundry, vacuuming, etc. Only...nobody does it like Mama and I end up doing it anyway!

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  2. Tara has gotten better with doing things for herself. She will start her laundry, sometimes actually finish a load (washed and dryed and taken to her room). I figure as long as she gets it in the hamper to the washer, I don't have a problem with the rest. She also is cooking some for herself. She eats completely different food (no meat) and at different times much of the time it seems. Baby steps!

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