There's a saying that goes something like this: 'The hardest thing about being on a diet is shutting up about it."
I get that. No one really wants to hear about what a pain in the butt it is to lose weight or your trials and tribulations toward a healthier (happier?) you. Really – just eat the silly rabbit food and move on with your day.
Here's my (similar, yet not) saying: "The hardest part about giving your kids chores to do is waiting to see if the chores will get done without you having to nag the crap out of the kids."
The answer? Nope. They really won't do it if you don't bug them.
Therefore, please do not tell me to stop nagging because, aside from royally ticking me off, if I don't strongly encourage a thing to be done - with frustrating regularity - nothing (and I do mean nothing) will get done. Ever.
I decided it was finally time to start bribing…um…I mean giving my kids an allowance. But, before you start wondering why I would do that if they're not doing anything, let me explain.
Boy child has a chart and a set of chores to do daily, and he gets a set amount of money (a small amount) per chore, per day. He has the ability to earn up to $8.00 a week. Boy child has been making a concerted – and voluntary – effort to get all his chores done before going to bed and seems to be excited about the prospect of earning a little bit of money.
Girl child also has a chart and a set of chores – same rules apply – and she has the ability to earn up to $6.00 a week. (Different, age-appropriate chores + different kiddos = different allowance earnings.) I do not anticipate she will earn the entire amount each week because she's not particularly enthused about the whole thing. She does like the idea of being able to earn a little bit of money, but does not like the idea of having to do anything to get it. I have one word for you: Lazy.
Bottom line – and they both know this – is that they must do the work or they do not get paid. Also, mommy and daddy are not allowed to assist – their chores must be done by them. The chores are not hard, and every single one of them is completely attainable – they just need to “buckle down” (I loathe that phrase, but it fits) and do the work.
So, I guess we’ll just have to see what happens. I'm not holding my breath, though. Wish me luck, will ya?
(I wonder if a chore chart for hubby would work? Kinda like a honey-do list, only with regular, daily chores – and he wouldn’t get paid. No? Yeah…I thought not. Was worth a try.)