Last night, we had friends come over for dinner. Prior to our guests’ arrival, we instructed the kids to straighten up their rooms, as well as the playroom, as we always do when company is coming. I even felt a little proud that we were finally at the point where we could send the kids off to do their chores, and not worry about whether they were actually getting done.
So imagine my surprise when, long after our guests went home and the kids were bathed and ready for bed, I noticed a pile in the corner of my 7 year-old Jamie’s room. A pile of clothing. Apparently his definition of cleaning his room involves picking up all the clothing that is scattered all over the floor and placing it in the corner in a huge pile.
So, I guess that patting myself on the back for getting the kids to clean up after themselves was a bit premature. I am at a loss, though, on how to motivate the kids to do their chores and do them RIGHT.
So my Monday challenge question to you is: Short of direct and constant supervision, how do you get your kids to do their chores effectively?