Posts Tagged ‘chores’
written 12/30/13 – Today on the way home from church I talked to the kids about helping around the house more. OK…first I am a sissy mom…and second, they do help a lot in the summer. One is totally responsible for all of the laundry and one is totally responsible for the dishes and one is on vacation for two weeks until they change chores again. But… during the school year I handle the bulk of the housework. So I am sick and it is all piling up and no one is jumping in to help. (If you are new to my blog, my kids are 24, 18 and 17.) My talk went something like, I need some help. I am not expecting the kids to do all of laundry during the school year, they have an incredible amount of homework, but they could help some. I gave them a list of five jobs and asked that if each could pick the one that they hated the least and do that job when they had a minute and it needed to be done. The list was: laundry, dishes (we have a dishwasher), kitty litter, empty the garbage cans and vacuum. I need more help than once a year, but I am not asking for every day. That was at about three o’clock. One of the kids has already emptied the garbage. I was so excited!!! This is Christmas break, so there is no homework. I hope the help will continue once school starts. I am not sure if it will. Maggie comes home from the library at 10:00 during the week and Beth does homework at home until 10:00 some nights. Hopefully they will have breaks from homework on the weekends.
written 3/20/12 – I made out a list of jobs that needed to be done for our spring cleaning. It is written in my little notebook, so I won’t need to rewrite it again next year. I usually make out the list, get one or two things done and loose the list. I am hoping that with the notebook, I can keep track of it. The list is longer than I expected it to be.
I remember when I was young, before I had kids, I could make a list and accomplish all of it in a day or two. Now there are so many more important things to do. We do get the spring cleaning done, it just takes longer.
The girls are now signed up for ice skating lessons. William won’t go to lessons, but he will go with us to open skate. It starts in a couple of weeks. This session is four lessons. The next session after this is in the fall when the kids go back to school. It is an indoor rink, so we can go to open skate all year.
How do you keep track of the things that you need to get done?
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written 2/19/12- The kids have switched household jobs. Maggie is now on break, Beth has the dishes and William has laundry.
This spring we are not going to get any chickens. We had chickens last year, and after about a year we gave them to a friend. It was a nice learning experience, but I need to be in the house right now. We still have the chicken coop, so we can get more chickens another time.
Maggie had mentioned last week that she was ready to learn to drive. I found on the website what paperwork we needed to take in for her to take the written driving test. I am excited. I think that she will enjoy driving. When I told Maggie what paperwork was needed to take in and that we could go next weekend, she looked panicked. Maggie said that she couldn’t study for the driving test now since she has a big paper due this month. She said that she will let me know when she is ready.
updated 1/1/16 – Here is another link to a paid on-line survey website. I have just started there. I will keep you updated as I do some surveys. //tracking.surveycheck.com/aff_c?offer_id=1953&aff_id=2619&aff_sub=profileComplete&aff_sub2=L1EEYtRmJI5L5p_cS3oHK15yx7iuAehS
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written 8/28/14 – I have been looking for a way to bring extra cash into my family without getting a second job. I just want enough extra income to be able to pay the bills but still be able to have time to enjoy my kids. I tried a lot of web sites that offered envelope stuffing, they were all dead ends. Then I tried blogging. I figured that if enough people visited my blog then I could add advertisements and get paid. If I monetized my blog I could take the profit to help my family. I have found Blogsvertise. With them I can have advertisements on my blog, or have guest posts or have banner ads. I am still new to this. If I bring other people in to Blogsvertise I can get a percent of what they make. I have the link on the side of my blog. If you click on it you can register your blog and start making money. Please register from my link so they know that you came in through me. If you need to come back later to register please save my page as a favorite and register through my link when you are ready. Thanks ahead of time for registering through me and happy blogging!!!
written 2/12/12 – Our vacuum cleaner died. We vacuumed the house Saturday. The kids said that it didn’t sound good the last time that they used it. I had just finished the house when the motor started to get really loud. There is a vacuum cleaner shop down the street that we have used before. We have a lot of hair in our house, so we go through a lot of vacuums. We may get a Dirt Devil vacuum next. I usually get my vacuum’s at Target.
William and Beth got haircuts this weekend. William needed new tennis shoes too. Maggie was glad to stay home. She had a lot of homework to do this weekend. She has been working on the big paper that she has to write. Also, she has an empty two litter Coke bottle that she is making into a rocket for science class. They have a lot of math to do for the rocket project, like figuring out how fast and far it will go. I think that they will go outside and launch them. I don’t know what other homework Maggie has.
written 2/1/12 – The kids switched household jobs again, since this is the first of the month. William is now the laundry person, Maggie has dishes for the first half of the month and Beth is on break. It was tough for Maggie to do homework and the dishes last month (we do have a dishwasher), but she got through it.
We have a map of the world on our dining room table. There is a big sheet of clear plastic over it. (I like the plastic from the painting areas at the store. They are big, thick and inexpensive) The corners of the plastic are taped down around the under side of the table so that the map and plastic stays in place. When we first started doing this we had a map of our town on the table. We put it there at about the same time that we started using a map to see where all of the play areas were in town. Now we have a map of the world. I currently sit by California. William is by Russia. Maggie sits by the North Pole and Beth sits by the South Pole. I would like to put a map of the Universe on the table, but I haven’t found a cheap one. The map of the world is useful. If we hear something on the news about another country, we can find it on the map.
written 1/12/12 – We don’t have anything planned to do today, besides church this morning and the girls have a church concert to go to this evening. The concert is for the junior high and senior high kids. The band plays Christian rock songs and the kids sing along. It is nice to have a weekend where there isn’t much planned.
Today is the last day for William to do the dishes. Tomorrow he is on break until the end of the month and Maggie is the dish person. If you are new to this Blog, look back two posts to see how this is set up. Beth has the laundry for the whole month. So far this plan is working well.
written 1/11/12 – We changed the kids jobs at the house again. At first we had a rough time setting them up because Maggie had so much homework. We were trying to get the kids to have dish nights. With three kids and seven nights a week we finally settled on Beth doing dishes on Monday and Tuesday. William had dishes on Wednesday and Thursday and Maggie had dishes on Friday and Saturday. Then I would take Sunday. It didn’t work. Having those days of the week worked with Maggie’s homework, but nothing else worked. The dishes would be started too late for two loads to be done, or all of the things that couldn’t go into the dishwasher wouldn’t get washed. Everyone could remember who should have done what dirty dishes and it was never theirs. So the next person wouldn’t do the dishes because the person before them hadn’t finished theirs, etc, etc, etc. That was plan “A”. So we moved to plan “B”. We added in laundry. Remember that my kids are in college and in high school…and I am trying to teach them some responsibility and skills so that when they go out into the world, they can survive.
In plan “B” we went to a more monthly approach. One person did the laundry all month. This is really only one or two loads a day.( I can already hear everyone panicking) The other two kids split the dishes. They go every other day. The laundry part worked. No-one is thrilled with the laundry, but there is no pan scrubbing involved. The dishes didn’t work. We had the same problems that we had with plan “A”. Now, we have just started plan “C”. The laundry part will stay the same. Here is the plan for the dishes. The kids will still switch jobs each month. This month Beth has laundry and William and Maggie have dishes. From the first to the fifteenth William has the dishes every day. Maggie has a break. She had laundry last month. Also…she has less homework this year. Maggie will have dishes from the sixteenth to the end of the month and William will be on break. Next month William will go to laundry and Beth will start the month on break while Maggie will have the dishes from the first to the fifteenth. This really isn’t as complicated as it sounds.
This is our first month on plan “C”. So far the dishes start-up was slow. William wasn’t doing the dishes , or wasn’t doing all of them. Then he realized that no one else was coming to do them the next day, and if I was going to make dinner, we needed clean dishes. It has been going better this week. I hope that this plan works because I don’t have a plan “D”.
written 1/8/12 – My goal…again…this next week is to move the boxes in the basement from in front of the shoe shelf. Maybe the boxes will get moved, or maybe I will just write about this every week.
At Thanksgiving we had a cutting from the blackberry bush and another bush as our centerpiece. We also had a glass container of pine cones. The blackberry bush cutting has sprouted a root!
Maggie has one of her puzzles partway together. It is a cartoon of a lot of office people in their cubicles.
I think that it is only about four more months until spring.
I didn’t do any of my weekend jobs this weekend. Tonight I need to match my clothes.
Do you ever have weekends where you don’t get anything done?
2014 April’s Bible verse: “These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace, do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all of these things I hate, says the Lord.” Zechariah 8:16,17