So I sat back and said, "I am cleaning." She looked at me with her head cocked a bit, and said, "Well, you look like a kind of Cinderella, the part where she's in rags and cleaning, not the part where's she's fancy in a dress."
me - "Well, I'll still take that as a compliment."
Tate - "What's compliment mean?"
me - "It's where you say something nice to someone. Like if I say, "Taylor you are being kind and sharing with your sister, I love it!" then I am complimenting you."
Tate - "I wasn't complimenting you."
I then told her to go find her cat and put it in a dress or something, and continued cleaning. I started thinking about what chores I still wanted to complete and what I could pass off to the girls. I ended up not passing anything off to them, and I thought about that after they went to bed. I have really not held the girls accountable to any regular chores, ever. Yes, they help me here and there, but it's random. I have wanted desperately for them to enjoy being kids - but I fear that I am doing them a disservice, and they are not being taught responsibility.
So in addition to my hope that this year they will continue to learn about and display fruits of the Spirit -
New International Version (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control.
I want them to learn also some lessons about family responsibility. I am thinking that this is where I will start -
*Daily straighten of bedroom. Weekly pull off sheets and blankets for Mommy to wash.
*Weekly chore of Mom's choosing such as helping to clean the bathroom or dusting (although I don't want Bailey to do much of that bc of her CF...so I guess I'll have her do things like fold the towels, separate laundry).
*Continue to clear table but now alternate nights of setting the table and then loading dishwasher.
*Alternate nights of helping Mommy with dinner.
This seems reasonable to me. What are your kids chores?