This has been on my mind for a while now.
My children do nothing to help out around the house. Wait, maybe this is a slight exaggeration. Every now and then they do something they are asked to do, but it is done alongside much winging and moaning. The usual reply I get when I ask one of them to tidy is ‘But I didn’t make that mess’. For some reason though, it is fine for me to tidy everyone else’s mess.
Then there’s the ‘job half done’ trick. You know when you ask your children to help with something and they just scrape the surface of the task. Last week I asked my son to pass me some wood through the window for the fire. This was most inconvenient, as it meant leaving the computer for a minute. After much ‘persuading’ and threats of being banned from the computer for the rest of the day, he dragged himself outside, in true Kevin style, and passed one log through the window. Yes, one log. Then he came inside and resumed his computer game where he left off.
I am also perceived as the all-knowing one. Apparently I know where everything is. Heaven forbid I don’t know where the netbook charger or reading diary is. I don’t think I’m asking too much, expecting my nine and eleven year old to help out a bit. Maybe the three year old is a little young, but perhaps I can get her in good habits early.
So come on, how can I get my children to help out more? Make rewards and consequences? Make pocket money performance related? All I do know is that if I get moaned at for putting something in a ‘stupid place’ once more, when they should have put it away themselves, I fear my sanity is at risk of being permanently scarred.
Remember the Doozers from Fraggle Rock? I want my children to be just like them in their work ethic…