How on earth do you get your kids to do housework?
I've seen those TV shows with those big families who run on a regimented program of chores and endless, compliant contributions to the wider good of the family.
Well, that just so isn't my family!
I gave each of my kids a segment of the house to clean up this afternoon. It was going to take all of about 10 minutes to complete the job. It wasn't difficult but you'd think I'd asked them to repaint the entire interior of the house the way they carried on. Arrgh - two very frustrated parents.
We already have such a complex 'incentive' program (music practice, walking home from school without screaming at mother/each other, getting dressed) that the idea of creating a new system for chores makes my head spin.
Sometimes it feels easier to do it myself because it takes less emotional energy. But I know that isn't actually helping the kids develop those household skills.
But my poor brain - it can't fit much more in!