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Interview question nine:
"Are there tasks/chores that your kids have entirely overtaken? Have you ever had to deal with a kid who goes into slow motion when it's time to do chores, and if so, how do you deal with that? Not that I've ever had a five-year-old who does that to me ten times a day."
Yes yes yes! I mean, if they're not home for one reason or another, we will still do them, but here are things I generally don't do anymore:
Wash the dishes
Do anything related to the chickens
Clean either of the bathrooms
Take out the trash or take down/bring up the dumpster
Clean the play room
Feed the dogs
There are many other things that get done around the house that I or other people do, but it's more of a rotating/as needed thing. But the above stuff I really don't do. I schedule and I assign and I remind, but the actual doing is not mine anymore. Many hands make light work!
As for slow motion during chore time, I think a better question might be "have you ever had to deal with a kid who DOESN'T go into slow motion when it's time to do chores?" There's gotta be an entire chapter in the how-to-be-a-kid manual devoted to stalling and complaining when it comes time to do undesirable or even vaguely less than exhilarating activities. It's crazy. My favorite* is when a person spends more time pontificating about the unfairness of the situation than it would take to just complete the assigned task.
Another thing I sometimes do is to tap into the children's natural competitive streak with speed cleaning competitions and other ridiculous things like that. I also do a set small task with fun break after it. Like "we're gonna clear this table and then we can find that chicken dance video on Youtube. Go, go, go!" And then I have to actually find the chicken dance video and not move the goal post (by adding one more requirement) or come up with a reason not to do the dance, which is definitely the hardest part for me. Can't we just keep cleaning non-stop until the house is spotless? Why aren't you young people motivated by an unreasonable vision of perfection?!? Oops. Was that out loud?
I am also not above bribery. Screen time (one episode of some kids' show on Amazon prime video or playing on the computer for 20 minutes) is a reward for finishing _______________ task, usually cleaning up a certain number or type of thing in the play room. Friday night family movie nights can only happen if the den and playroom are "vacuum clean," which means for real actually totally clean and vacuumed, not that weird kind of fake cleaning where everything ends up along the edges of the room and there's a clear circle in the center that's roughly 2.6' in diameter.
Even with all of this there can still be a lot of frustration and general grumbling and often that's because people need food or sleep or a potty break. Never overlook the physical when someone is being downright unmanageable, know what I'm sayin'? But sometimes you do everything right and kids go ahead and dig in their heals, assert their free will and well, that's just mom lyfe I guess. It's boring to say it but consistency, setting a good example, and establishing a culture of service will eventually pay off. It's just that getting to eventually might require manymanymany evening glasses of wine. Not all on the same day. Just....you know...manymanymany days. So don't stress. If a 5 year old is doing chores at all, you're already winning!
Posting for the 12 days of Christmas...
12 in 2016 (a photo year in review)
Stuff That Makes My Life Better
Where did all these children come from?!?!
Homeschooling High School
I Dream of Houses
Dollah Dolla Billz
Wood Shed, Wood Box, Wood Stove: heating with wood in Michigan
Tiny everyday, every day, miracles
*not actually my favorite