On Thursday I wrote a post about household chores and the kids lack of completing them lately. I know this is partly my fault. I’m the parent and it’s my job to set the rules, not just constantly pick up after them. The plan for Saturday was get my cleaning done, hang up new “chore charts”, and have a talk with the boys. My husband took the boys out for a while and I got a lot done around the house. When they returned we had our little chat. They immediately noticed the new chore charts I put up on the refrigerator. I was a little surprised about the enthusiasm they displayed as well. They immediately started looking for things they could do. Deacon even put away his own laundry, with supervision of course. And honestly, it didn’t take that much longer than it would have if I had done it myself.
The key to this new project is sticking with it and being persistent. By day two getting stickers seemed to have lost its luster, this was mainly due to the enormous mess they made upstairs and the realization that THEY had to clean up every bit of it. I am hoping this teaches them to put away as you go and to not make such an enormous mess. Supervising the clean up took a lot of patience, I won’t lie. There were moments where I wanted to send them all downstairs and I would finish it myself, but I persevered and they completed the job themselves. Some M&Ms helped make the job worth it for them…for me it was glass of wine. We’ve had some whining here and there, and some “Mom, can’t you just do it?” I’m staying strong. I’ve already seen the progress of not having to tell them to do things, they automatically just do it. We’re going to keep going with this. Logan’s plan is to get enough stickers to buy his own lizard…I’m not so sure about that. We’ll see.