Monday, March 08, 2010

Chores

My two grandsons have been assigned a chore each. The six yr old takes the garbage out (if its not too heavy) and the soon-to-be five yr old is responsible for putting the silverware in the dishwasher away. Now our challenge is to remember and not do it ourselves.

Yesterday I remembered. I remembered to take the garbage bag out of the container BEFORE it became too full to tie the bag... cause every mother knows to never have a six yr old take an opened bag of garbage anywhere. Seriously. So yesterday Darius took the garbage out, but Vyron had to wait to put the silverware away. They had been playing outside and were filthy. I wasn't ready for them to be done playing outside either, so he had to wait.

 

Later that afternoon, after they had taken a bath, I reminded Vyron that his chore could be done now that he was clean. What does he do? He goes to his mother and whines Do I have to do my chore? She says yes, of course. He turns around and pretends to be stomping over to the dishwasher all the while a sly grin is playing hide-and-seek with his lips.

How quickly we learn the meaning of chore.
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12 comments:

Sandy said...

that dreaded word they learn all too quickly.

cat's momma said...

Hannah has chores too. For Christmas I bought a wooden responsibility chart that if she does the chore she gets a round wooden happy face that is magnetized and goes on that chart. Some of them are just simple things, like stopping whining, respecting us when we tell her something she needs to do, going to bed good without coming out over and over, brushing teeth. Her real chores are to set the table every night and to help papa or daddy feed the cats at night and put them in the garage. It's like a game to her right now...oh, yeah, she gets a nickel for each chore she completes every day and she can put the nickels in her piggy bank and go buy something when she gets enough nickels together. Soon enough, I'm sure it won't be a game and the reward won't be enough. ;)

Rudee said...

Stick to your guns, my friend. With smiles like those, it would be easy to do everything for them.

The Crusty Crone said...

Speaking of pay-for-chores... later in the evening Darius comes up to me and starts talking about getting allowance money for doing chores. I couldn't resist. I told him that you don't get an allowance for doing most chores because he is a member of the family and everyone in the family has to pitch in and help out. I think it went in one ear and out of another. He was probably thinking about where to spend his money.

Wanda said...

Cat's Momma reminded me of a "Chore Board" I made for the kids when they were small. It had four pockets above and below ( 4 kids) and I used 2x5 cards and drew pictures of the chore. broom, garbage, vacuum, etc. When the chore was done, they put the card in the bottom pocket and sometime there was a treat in the bottom pocket.

Wow, hadn't thought of that in years.

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Justin said...

I wish that word would go away- but now I'm 25 and my wife still likes to use it...

Rosy said...

ha, yup that is for sure, don't take em long to figure out what that dirt word means....ha ha

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