Oh yeah, the tides have turned. There is nothing like making your kids do that crap you don't want to do.
When I was a kid, my sisters and I were in charge of doing the dishes. Now, amongst the three of us, there wasn't one of us that took this responsibility seriously. Looking back, we gave my parents hell about it too. I remember charts, family meetings and lectures. And if we didn't have them done when Dad got up in the mornings to go to the fire station, (do you know what time a man gets up to go to the fire station? Butt ass early, that's what time) he would wake us all up and make all 3 of us do them. At 5 am!!!!! Talk about some very stupid kids, I can't tell you how many times we had to do that.
And now... I am the parent. And it's about that time! My daughter is 6 and has started helping out around the house. I remember that too, the part where you WANT to help. You think it will be the coolest thing in the world to spray the furniture polish. It's cool for about a month, then it totally bites, but by then you are stuck, you have proven you can do it and the parents get to sit back while you slave. I have been waiting for that day.
So now, my daughter cleans the mirrors and glass in our house.. She polishes the stairs and clears the table after dinner. Not to mention the fact that the 2 year old takes the laundry down to the laundry room and attempts to load the washer. He even gets the broom for me when he makes a mess with playdough or crackers. Yeah, I got them trained. And me, well I am doing my nails... You know, cause that's all moms have to do when their kids take over chores.
I am thinking of having more kids just to have one do the dishes, one laundry, one for floors and another for making beds. Yeah, about 4 more kids will do just fine. Oh crap, I forgot about those 6 years BEFORE they contribute. I guess I will just have to train these two extra hard.
Earning My Punishments
6 hours ago