Jobs, jobs, jobs. Chores, chores, chores. It seems like that’s all I dealt with when I was a kid. I woke up in the morning and had some duty involving breakfast dishes, and then I set about doing more jobs and more chores.
My siblings and I each had a job chart that consisted of five jobs each and an assigned area to clean and vacuum–every bit of my parents’ house got vacuumed every day. We had to choose the five jobs and they had to be somewhat substantial. Common jobs were choosing to wash walls or floor board in certain rooms, or to mop the kitchen floor. We also had duties in the garden that involved weeding a bucket of full of weeds. My mom used to have us bring the bucket of weeds to the back porch and have us stand on the weeds to make sure it was a true bucket of weeds.
On top of the daily chores and weeding duties, we each had dishes duties throughout the day. Those duties included washing the dishes, emptying the dishwasher, and clearing the table. I also had outside chores that had to be finished. Things like mowing the lawn, chopping the wood, scooping the dog poop, bringing wood to the house, etc.
A good chunk of our days were filled with chores, but we learned to do the chores quickly and early so we could have the rest of the day to play with our friends.One thing that my parents always emphasized was work ethic and that emphasis stuck with me and has put me in the career that I have today.
So far Casey and I have been rather lax on the chore assigning with Addie.
For the most part Addie hasn’t had to do many chores. She goes to school and comes home and does her homework. Once her homework is done, she’s usually off to play with friends. I assigned her clearing the table as part of her chores a couple years ago, and I’ve added other related responsibilities to that chore as time has passed. I also assign her the duty to pick up the stairs and living room a few times a week. Outside of that, Addie doesn’t really have any daily chores that she has to do before she can go play.
That all changed this week Addie now has a rotating list of chores she must do each day before she gets to watch TV or play with friends. Unfortunately, on day 1 of Addie’s new list of chores Addie got home from school, did her homework, and went out to play with her friends.
And now I see why my parents got so frustrated with me when I dinked around while doing chores or failed to do them altogether.
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