Sunday, August 28, 2005

Let's take bets....

Tonight at dinner, I told "the boys" of the house that they needed to do a little cleaning before bed. Just the dishes and pick up the family room so I could vacuum and mop tomorrow. Right after eating, the daddy went upstairs to his office with the little boy, and the big boy watched tv, and then snuck up to his room. I am guessing that nothing will get done. I'm not going to ask again...I'm just going to see what happens.

What do you think?? And if they don't do it, should I go on strike????

The Mama

10 comments:

Guppyman said...

I'll tell you this.... they are boys... If you don't ask again, it will not get done.

If you go on strike, how long do you think it will be before they actually notice?

Just curious.....

Croaker said...

I would not go on strike. But I would make sure they understand chores need to be done. Take away something that will get their attention like TV, video games, the computer.

JIN said...

LOL, you could go on strike as long as you want, but I don't think the boys are going to notice that anyway!

Heather said...

I agree with croaker---take something away. That's why we don't watch TV on school nights around here. Too much temptation and things don't get done.

And they wouldn't notice you were on strike until they got hungry and there was no food because you hadn't been to the grocery store :)

percys world said...

tell them that you will get other kids to come clean and it will be taken out of there pocket money.lol

peebugg said...

Around my testosterone villa if things don't get done when asked they are assigned the duties of "Hamoud the Houseboy". Which is to be at my beckoned call for what ever time I determine. Any gross job I can think of I stand over them and make them do. Cleaning toilets, sorting action figures, sweeping the garage and my personal favorite pulling weeds.

I tried the "going on strike" thing and the trash just built up for 5 days and when I founda cockroach, I decided it wasn't working.

You could also threaten them that if they don't do the chores, they will have to live with "Helga the Hag" and then you get to play the part.

Good Luck!!!!!

SalGal said...

I was going to vote for going on strike, but I think the other posters are right. Boys just don't notice and if they do they don't care. I would go on strike for cooking and making lunches. If they don't have to do their chores, why should you have to cook?

Bree said...

One time in junior high the janitors decided to go "on strike". By the end of the day we were wading through foot-deep trash in the halls...really. I'm not saying that your boys would retaliate in such a way. I just wanted to tell my story. LOL!

I've heard of some people that put the dirty dishes in the offender's bed. That's an idea...

Joker said...

yeah i dont think they would notice a strike till a long time passes. maybe rent a mobile trailer and live in it int he lawns and then they will notice you when they run out of clean dishes and laundry! *GRIN*

Wandered in from blog explosion. Nice blog!

S said...

Oh I soooo hear ya! Not that my little girl is any better. I've gone on strike; I've begged, I've pleaded; I've yelled & screamed; I've taken away toys, tv; etc..... nothing ever worked for me.

Two of my children have a chore list they helped me to create. I give them a weekly allowance however; if they don't have X amount of their chores done by payday, I subtract X amount per chore. My daughter always did great but my oldest would lose maybe 50-75 cents a week. I made sure each child was ok with what chores I thought they could help me out with.

What's even better about this; my husband lost one of his teaching jobs so $$ is tight right now so I've had to stop paying them an allowance for now. However, my kids are still seeing to their chores. It's really helped my stress level come down.

If you are interested; I'll try to locate the website I found the chore checklist from. I created my own but it helped me get some ideas of what age appropriate chores my kids can indeed do; despite how much they argue about it! LOL!

Good luck!