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Earlier this week after dinner I was standing at the sink elbow deep in dish water when I turned around and realized all my kids were gone and all their stuff was still on the table, except of course for the 1/2 of the meal that had fallen onto the floor. No one cleaned a spot. No one swept up their crumbs. No one offered to help with anything. In that moment I felt totally used. No one wanted to hang out and chat. They all had better things to do and it would never occur to them to help because they never are asked to. I felt like nothing more than my children’s maid service. I was angry and resentful and everyone knows a mom who feels those two things isn’t good for anyone.
I heard Doctor Phil’s annoying Texas drawl in my head saying, you are treated the way you allow yourself to be. The truth was, my kids high-tailed it out of the kitchen because I didn’t demand anything more of them. All these years I’ve cooked, cleaned and generally managed their lives and I’ve never expected much help. This made sense a few years ago. But now they’re old enough (2 of them anyway) to start earning their keep around here. When they’re old enough to make their mom feel taken for granted, they’re old enough to help. My kids are pretty good people, this I know. I’m sure if I asked them to do it they would, without too much complaint.
This weekend when they started asking me about Mother’s Day, I told them I didn’t want one day of them taking care of me. Although I’d never turn down a day of spa services or breakfast in bed, (Actually, that particular idea skeeves me out. Eggs in bed? Ew. I even set up a table for room service!) what I really wanted was some long term assistants. Since we’re not in a financial position to bring back the “cleaning lady” every few weeks (man, those were the days) I’m going to have to employ three little cleaning people on a daily basis.
So on Mother’s Day this year we’ll institute the chore chart. I have to decide before then what is important enough for me to unload. The Husband has already tried to add his ONE household chore to the list but I’m pretty sure I’m vetoing that. You can handle one job around here buddy. As long as I’m keeping a plate warm every night and all you have to do is wash it, then weekly trash emptying won’t kill you.
I have to determine which chores are worth turning over, ie: weigh the ‘cost’ of nagging over actually doing it myself. Then I have to make sure they are given chores they can handle so I don’t have to step in every day. Then I have to make sure I have cash on hand every Friday because, unlike their mother, they won’t work for free!
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