By JLP | December 29, 2008
Okay, here’s today’s question of the day:
How much of a stickler for details are you when your kids do a chore?
I ask this because I don’t know if I’m expecting too much of my kids.
Here’s the way things usually play out:
The boys are supposed to do their chores. They know what chores they are supposed to dothere are no surprises and yet I have to remind them. Anyway, they have been shown how to do the chore properly. However, they still try to do a 30-minute job in 5 minutes and then get all bent-out-of-shape when I point out all the stuff they missed or did half-ass.
So, to “solve” my problem, I wrote out step-by-step instructions on how to clean the bathroom. This way the expectations are fully explained, so there are no excuses. If this doesn’t seem to work, I’m going to turn it into a checklist that they have to check off as they complete the chore.
We’ll see if this works. I gotta do something different. I keep doing the same things over and over again but expect different results. Something’s gotta change!
Why is this important? Because there is a right and a wrong way to do things (the bathroom is either clean or it is not). I don’t think I’m being unreasonable in expecting them to do the job correctly. Maybe I’m at fault for not explaining my expectations clearly. Someday they will be working for an employer and knowing how to do the job right will be important.
Thoughts? Would you like me to post my step-by-step instructions?
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