So I've said before that my daily mood seems to be 98% based on the weather. Thankfully for all who know and love me we have had some warmer days around here lately. Warm enough actually to get out and do some work around the house. We got the kids all involved in washing our cars this weekend.
I regrettably couldn't help because:
A. I had to take pictures to document the precious milestone of a moment
B. It still isn't warm enough for my coldblooded self to get near the back spray
of a 5 year old holding a hose
C. I didn't want to steal their joyAnyway the kiddos were way jazzed about wielding a hose and washing the cars...which got me to thinkin' . We need to put these munchkins to work more often. The one thing we have going for us is our manpower numbers.
They all have Saturday morning chores which take them all of about 15 minutes... which I think is pretty ok, especially for the youngest of the brood. And they pretty much clean up after themselves when asked. BUT dinner time around here is N.U.T.S.O! We do eat dinner together as a family at least 6 but usually 7 nights a week, which always consists of me being in the kitchen for a while preparing. Then my super cute hubby does the dishes. Fair and square.
But that dinner time hour is obscene around here so we are thinking we need to give each of the kiddos a chore to go along with dinner time. Just one simple 5-10 minute task to ease the burden but most of all occupy them while moms and pops are getting dinner ON the table or cleaned OFF the table. They know full well to take advantage of the 'rents when they are preoccupied. Plus 6 kids = tons of messes that they could surely participate in, right?
The problem is we are having trouble thinking of things that will actually be helpful.
Last thing I need while I am trying to get dinner on is 5 little ones in the kitchen asking me to help them reach something, open something, or just making it more chaotic in general.
|couldn't resist my baby's saggy bottom look :)|
Please oh please give me your advice and tips. I don't want to screw these guys up like I screwed this kid up.
I'm telling you.. he is an awesome kid, never gives us any trouble, is respectful and does well in school..but he is a TOTAL slob. My apologies to his future wife, He is the most loyal and driven person I have ever known, but oh how I wish I would have laid out a few more household chores as part of his everyday routine.
|his room on a good day :(|