I think the time has come for me to pass on some of my dinner chores!
Hallelujah! This is why I had children, right? Just kidding!
But I have hoarded dishes and dinner clean-up for myself long enough and I think I'm ready to enlist more help. This is not only for myself (though part of me thinks this will probably not be any easier for me) but for them, too! I think it's important that my boys learn how to do some housework. It will make them better husbands and men. (And my daughter-in-laws will thank me someday.)
So I got this idea to make an after dinner chore chart with a spinner. Nothing fancy- I made in the Paint program. I laminated it, cut out the circle and arrow (spinner) and attached the spinner with a brad in the center. Every night each family member takes a turn spinning the spinner and where it lands is their chore for the night. I'm hoping the game aspect of it will make this more fun, at least at first.
We presented the spinner at our Family Council on Sunday. And so far the boys are excited to take part.
Well, I am VERY HAPPY to report after almost 2 months, it has been a huge success! At least with me : ) No, really, my boys were actually pretty excited to do this at first. And though they've certainly lost some of that enthusiasm and there have been a few complaints, we have stuck with it and it has become "the norm." The spinner has made it more fun, eliminates fights over who gets to do what or anyone getting tired of the same chore, and everyone gets to learn how to do all different chores.
What I like best about it is most nights we are all in the kitchen working together on cleaning up. Even my two year old tries to help. And when we all work together it goes fast and I feel unified instead of like the exhausted, unappreciated maid who has spent too many hours in the kitchen. Not all of my kids can do all of the chores and they still require some help from my husband and I but I know they will eventually get the hang of it. Meanwhile we are all learning some valuable lessons.