Problem: The house is a wreck and the mess is driving me crazy
Problem: I cannot clean it up by myself while allowing kids to play because they out number me and can make messes faster than I can clean.
Problem: They made most of the mess, why should I be the maid?
Solution: Make the kids do the cleaning
Problem: Making kids do work is unpleasant. They complain, whine, and fail to work while I run around trying to make them work. I get increasingly frustrated and angry because I feel like I’m doing all the work anyway only with additional stress of feeling like they should be working.
Problem: I’m still fighting a sinus infection and thus I’m extra tired and cranky to begin with
Problem: Howard is not at home to back me up with his ultra voice
Problem: The kids don’t want to work, they don’t see any reward in it at all.
Solution: I created a scavenger hunt list for each of the kids. On it were the chores that they were expected to complete. The lists are scaled to the ages of the kids. Patches has the shortest list, Kiki has the longest. When all four lists are completed we will do something as a family for a reward. The kids get to vote on the reward. The person who finishes their work first gets the tiebreaker vote should there be a conflict over what the reward should be. I get veto power over the reward.
In theory this provides motivation for them to actually work. I don’t mind helping with chores. I hate having to get mean in order to motivate them to get their work done. We’ll see how it goes.