It is late and I am tired and tomorrow is another busy day, along with being April Fool's day...a big favorite among teachers. NOT. Teacher, there's a spider on your arm. Teacher there's a spider on your head. Teacher, there's a spider on your nose. I am half tempted to go to school covered in black plastic spiders so that when the inevitable spider joke comes, I can say, "Tell me something I don't know."
But alas. Wrong time of year for black plastic spider shopping.
I started something new with the fam this week which is working smashingly, if I do say so myself. You see, I was getting totally snowed under with writing stuff, school stuff and stuff around the house and I just couldn't keep up. (I mean, the house....well,.....if you threw a grenade at some of the messes, the grenade would halt itself mid-flight and turn around crying for its mommy. True.
Now, I hate to nag. Hate it. And I hate to assign chores, because when you assign chores then you have to remind people to do their chores and when you remind people to do their chores, they always respond, In a minute, I'm________________________. (fill in the blank with the appropriate excuse. My kids like "I'm doing homework" because they know that, as a teacher, homework is my kryptonite. I am powerless against it. A teacher's kid has to do their homework.)
Thus, the work never gets done. Except by me. And when I drop the ball, it's pretty awful.
So, to make a quickly becoming boring story short, I initiated the 10 minute rule. Everyone must donate 10 minutes per day to the upkeep of the casa. (And your own room doesn't count. Must be for the greater good. And it can't be something you are already responsible for. But really, 10 minutes isn't going to kill anyone.Even homework can wait 10 minutes.)
I let them choose anything they want to do, because everything helps. And 10 minutes times 3 kids (4 if you count my husband) is about 40 minutes a day....that's like 4-5 hours of extra housecleaning that gets done a week.
I am amazed by my brilliance.
(Hopefully, it won't go by way of the sugar bowl of despair....good one week, obsolete the next)
Do you have any tips for keeping up with "the house?"