Wednesday, February 10, 2010


we have really been enforcing the chores again. i feel like we got a little lazy about it for awhile, but now we are back.
we sat the boys down and told them that we are a family , and as a family we all must help out. i don't believe in paying kids to do chores, i believe more in rewarding for good attitudes and good hearts.
i feel like we all live in this house and we should all take care of it.
i think part of the reason we have gotten so lazy is we didn't given our kids enough credit for what they can do. i sometimes just have the attitude that it will be faster and better if i just do it myself.
but what does that teach them?
so the other night i tested tanner to see if he could do the dishes. he's 7.
and guess what?
he did a fantastic job.
so now, tanner and isaiah
take turns clearing the table, putting away clean dishes, and putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher.
they also have to clean the table after we eat and sweep under the table. it has been great and they are doing a fantastic job. we still get a whine or complain now and again but for the most part they are having really great attitudes.
smoosh takes the trash out and cleans the toilets.
he is also doing a great job.
he likes to scrub and scrub the toilet until the bowl is shiny white.

the other day my girlfriend came over for dinner, after we ate the boys got right to their chores. she asked isaiah " how much does your mom pay you?"..........
isaiah-" nothing. it's a hard knocked life for us"
ha ha ha. love it :) so funny!


Alicia said...

Isaiah cracks me up that is hilarious!!!

Jenn said...

We just started having our two big kiddos do a few chores too! Haley makes her bed every morning. And they both take turns either setting the table or clearing the table....maybe I should start making them loads the dishes in the dishwasher too. Good for you! Isaiah's comment cracked me up too!