If you're a mom, you can relate: I don't care who did it yesterday or whose turn it is. Just DO WHAT I ASKED YOU TO DO!!!
So, I had a creative streak a few days ago and made this fancy new system.
Notice there are only 4 chores, but that's o.k. with me. They are a.) the main things I need help with on a daily basis and b.) the things that everyone is capable of doing. The chores are: unloading the dishwasher (I refuse to do this again until the day AFTER I drop child number 4 off at college), taking the garbage out and Clorox-wiping down the bathrooms a couple of times a week, help with assembling lunches on school days (5 this year, 6 when Dave's in the field), and the pet chores. I put magnets on the back of the name strips so each week we can swap jobs.
Now, if only I could bring myself to tackle the SIDE of the fridge...
I don't even know where to start. There are at least 3 layers of junk under each magnet!
Do you pay allowances? What chores do you have your kids do? Any words of wisdom?
P.S. My sister-in-law used a "demerit" system when her kids were younger to encourage responsibility. I find that I don't really punish laziness effectively enough, other than yelling and being crabby. I'm not great about paying allowances because I never have cash to spare, but I do toss the kids a buck or two when they need it (like the upcoming fair or school (Scholastic) book sales, etc.).