October 12th, 2010

Chores, Chores, Chores

Well…it finally happened. Only a month and a half after I had planned it, but hey…  Chores have been assigned!

I’ve always wanted the kids to have chores, but for years it did not work out. Last winter, I started them with chores, but they were simple, simple chores. Meanwhile, the house was not getting cleaned, and I was feeling wistfully sorry for myself that  most of the other mom’s I knew had maid services.

But I really should not need a maid with four kids, right?

So…I finally decided: four bathrooms, four kids. Perfect match.

The new chores were presented yesterday. Each child is now responsible for a bathroom and a piece of floor. They also have a day to do this chore (Monday) and the added motivation of an extra dollar a week if they do the chore without being asked. (They also lose 25 cents every time they complain. The kids whining about the work has been the main agony about chores for me in the past.) This leaves me free to concentrate on the parts of the house they are not doing.

They also have a few other chores. Ping-Ping makes dinner once a week. (She’s a great cook, though the boys do not like the kinds of food she cooks.) Ro, Orville, and Juss between them need to set the table and get some of the trash.)

We’ll see how it goes.

(Did I mention that this was a terrifying experience for me? Really terrifying. But…it went well.)


Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon.

Fashion-Plate Cherubim

It never ceases to amaze me how clothes just look better on the Cherubim. I almost never look at the boys and think “what a nice outfit” or “how well that looks”. But the Cherubim comes downstairs sometimes and exactly those lines go through my head. “Hey, how well that white and maroon striped shirt goes with those red shorts!”

I would not have believed some people just wear clothes better than others if I had not seen it with my own eyes. Some people look better in some clothes, sure, but in all clothes? Weird.

Clothes wearing…apparently, it’s a gift.

Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon