Thursday, July 21, 2011

I will trade you....

Three bright, capable kids 630 feet in the air at the St. Louis Arch
Today, I was still totally buried in what felt like urgent work.  The ant invasion in our house this year had risen to a crescendo, the flower gardens had attained jungle conditions and there were things that didn't belong in every room I looked at (and believe me, I avoided some rooms!) So I remembered something my blog friend Cindy posted a while back and traded my kids chores for extra time on the computer.

For every chore they did today that I didn't have to supervise, answer questions about, or otherwise mostly do myself, they got a half hour of extra computer time.  It was wonderful.  They cleaned the bathroom sinks, swept the floors, vacuumed, dusted, put away laundry, threw away grass clippings, paired socks, emptied the dishwasher and refilled it, cleaned the kitchen sink and washed the front window.  It was a huge help to me and I didn't feel guilty when they had extra time to play games online because I knew they had really worked hard.

There is no deadline with housework, but having things clean and sparkly really does help me to be more productive.  Robb came home to a welcoming house which I know made him feel better too.  The kids were proud of their contribution. It was a win all around and we will definitely do that again!

4 comments:

Into Vintage said...

I need some kids. :-)

12-arrows said...

awesome! Bartering is great, isn't it! so glad your kids were as eager as mine to do what we sometimes get overwhelmed with!

ANNIE COPPOCK said...

I'm now wishing my kids had limits on their computer time! They do play a lot of games but they also research stuff so I'm reluctant to restrict them. Maybe that old colonial solution would work: "He who doesn't work, doesn't eat"?

Ness said...

Amy, several of my friends just found your blog via your comment and they are totally wowed by your blog. You just got yourself a couple of fans, even if you are short on munchkins!

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