Our 9 year old announced last night he wants to do more chores to earn more money. Wouldn't we all like more money hey! He has his eye on a 3D DS game console. Hmmm extravagent purchase really. So of course I came up with all these useful things he could do to help. The decision was left in the air as they all sounded like too much work.
We chatted about it again this morning when my hubby got involved and nicely pointed out it would be good if Kai did something to help Mum around the home. So I politely pointed out it is not "my house" it is our home and everyone should be contributing. We had a laugh, easier than fighting, and then tongue in check Sol suggested for Kai to help Dad out in the garden. Kai nicely replied "but Mum does the gardening too". Hmmm I think its time to rethink the domestic situation.
The boys get pocket money of $2 a week. This comes under the deal they unpack the dishwasher, make their beds, put their PJs away. So of course this morning the PJs were all over the floor, beds not made and bionicles spread everywhere. Maybe its time to enforce the reason behind pocket money before we look at a pay rise.
It's time for a family meeting to discuss household chores. How do your families work it out? Is it a state of war or do you manage to negotiate it? Is someone the household dictator or does everyone notice and contribute to what needs to be done?
I find every six months the issue of who does the household chores in our home needs revisiting.