Just a minute to chat before H wakes up from his nap and wants to play. Lunch!
I’m lovin’ the combo of Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger and BBQ sauce.
Balance – chips ‘n kale.
So, for some reason, I end up eating many of my meals on my kitchen floor. Too lazy to walk to the dining room table?
Anyway, while eating lunch on said floor, I noticed that the floors are tremendously dirty. We’re talking grime-on-the-baseboards dirty (why do they have baseboards, anyway? All the do is collect dust…).
Y’all know how I feel about dirty floors so I’m planning to spend the next few hours cleaning. I’m trying to figure out how to make cleaning the baseboards into a fun baby activity (one hand on the sponge, the other on a rattle?!).
This got me thinking: What chores did you do as a kid, and were you paid an allowance to do chores? My chores included: walking the dogs twice a day, bathing the dogs every other week (damn, I don’t even do that now), and cleaning the bathrooms once a week. My mom always did my laundry – she loves laundry. I was paid an allowance but it wasn’t tied directly to chores. I think my allowance was more about general good behavior, but I definitely didn’t get an allowance if I skipped the chores. I did get a ‘bonus’ if I got straight A’s on my report card! I’ve read it’s bad to tie money directly to school work or chores, but it was pretty motivating to me.
Chores that I can’t wait for Henry to take over – unloading the dishwasher, walking the dogs, and cleaning the bathrooms. When do you think he can handle doing my taxes?
Chores I did as a kid: dusting, vacuuming, dishes, bathrooms… now that I think about it, I pretty much had to clean the whole house! :-/ No real allowance to speak of either!
Chores I can’t wait for my 18 month old to do: mowing, weed pulling, litter boxes and dog poo!