I'm a mommy hack, we all know that. First I give my kids cheesecake for breakfast...
Here is another reason why.
I don't give my kids chores. I've tried in the past but I'm not good at reinforcing it.
They do make their beds and help feed the pets...and they do 'stuff' fairly quickly when asked. So, why write it all down, right? If your kid clears dishes, helps set the table....thats good, right?
You see, I've been told they won't be responsible if they don't have 'chores.'
As in 'a list of chores.'
Someone told me that having chores makes you a better person and this 'someone' had chores and turned out GREAT!
BTW, this 'someone' lived on a smallish FARM.
COME ON...everyone has chores on a FARM...even the animals have chores on a farm. Even on a smallish farm.
So I made up a 'chore list' to appease this person and to be a better mommy, instead of the slacker I am.
Then I called the kids, my darling, sweet, helpful, energetic, bright eyed kids.
Then I started reading the 'list.'
Granted, the list wasn't much more than what they already do, I added stuff like 'weeding' and 'scoop poop.'
But it was IN WRITING...it may as well have been in blood.
Curly Girl got all teary and slumped down in the couch cushions.
Ripstick Boy got this half slitted eye-look and pretended to be disinterested.
My other half sat there smiling.
I said to the kids to not get worried, they do this stuff anyway.
Then after I went over it, I asked if they had questions.
Yeah...about a million.
They started with the..."but how will we make extra money if that is a regular chore now"...
Then they pelted me with "what ifs"...."What if I'm sick?" "What if I have tons of homework?" "What if I'm at a sleepover?"
You get the idea...
I answered questions, I calmed nerves....I needed a drink.
But overall, it went well so I thought maybe this isn't such a horrid idea. Maybe I AM a slacker mommy.
Then Ripstick Boy went into a different room to watch TV without saying a word.
Then Curly Girl went to take a tub so we could condition her gorgeous curly hair and KEEP it gorgeously curly instead of frizzy.
Then she started disrobing. Then she looked up at me. Then she started to cry about 'the CHORE LIST.'
I asked her why...after all, she does EVERYTHING on the list anyway.
She said "I do those things because I love you and I WANT TO....not because I HAVE TO."
Yeah, that did it....
So....You know what I did...
Yep, I ripped up the list...
So, I'm a mommy hack.
My kids will probably grow up to be horribly irresponsible and probably jump off a cliff because someone told them to...all because they don't have a "list of chores....."
14 hours ago