We've tried a variety of approaches. Often a new approach works for a while. Then it stops working. Then there is the ignoring of the fact that it's not working stage. Then there is hounding to do chores on my part and resentment on Davan's part. Then, usually, we try a new approach.
How often that new approach works varies. Really I've seen results anywhere from a day to a few months.
The ignoring phase varies also. During the ignoring phase, somethings might go past my comfort level. Sometimes I might do all the cleaning. Sometimes Davan will actually do the chores.
Then we enter hounding. I get angry that she's not doing anything. She is angry that I'm insinuating that she doesn't work or she's contrite. Maybe there's an improvement, but it usually doesn't last.
Next it's time to formulate a new plan. I'd be okay with this system if the new plan were guaranteed to work for, oh, three months and then we could cooperatively decide it wasn't working anymore and come up with a new plan, but that isn't how it goes.
I'm fairly frustrated with how it does go. Right now, we're in the about to come up with a new plan phase. I think the newest plan will be to have a two-three time a week work party where we both buckle down and do chores for the duration of, say, ten songs we choose. The main problem I have with this is that, while that will take care of the regular cleaning our small abode needs, it doesn't really take care of the on-going issues.
On a daily basis, I prepare and clean up after meals and snacks, grocery shop, walk the dog, feed and water the dog and do laundry. Davan is of the age where I think she could be shouldering a much bigger portion of the work load than she currently is. However, I'm also a push over. I freely admit that this is part of the problem.
I want Davan to eat healthily and, for the most part, her food is healthier if I put it together. That said, there have been good stretches of time in the past where she's been responsible for her own breakfast and that's gone okay. It's just, if I'm making breakfast for myself, it's usually not that much more difficult to make it for her, too, and then she's eating good stuff.
Also, I hate to make her wake up early and take the dog out when she's tired from a late class the night before or when she'll have a late class that night, which means most weekdays.
Another large part of the problem with having her do half the house hold work is that she is pretty busy with classes. And I've mentioned that I'm a push over, right?
There have been time that Davan has been responsible for one dinner a week - the planning, shopping and everything involved for that one meal. However, she doesn't like to do it when we've got company or it's the weekend and can't on certain days of the week due to classes. And I'm still a push over.
Thus, I've pretty much talked myself into being okay with the two or three times a week work parties. At least she's helping some then. And when it's routine, I get a lot less of the resigned attitude, but, believe me, that rarely goes totally away when it comes to chores. With Davan, this isn't an overt thing, it's pretty subtle, but it's there and it grates on me.
Okay, one more chore complaint, and this one, I'm not sure what to do about. She doesn't do as good a job as I want her to. I try to be comfortable with a lesser job and just be glad I'm not doing it, but that ends up getting to me eventually. I try to give her some good home training, but she is, shall we say, not overly receptive and it often ends up being rather confrontational. So, then I go back to trying to just be glad she's doing something...yeah, it's a whole cycle thing again.
I know, I know, chores are one of those things that parents and kids are supposed to clash about, right? But I want it to be different for us. Is that so bad?
I do have to say that Davan is responsible for her own room and that never falters. She keeps it tidy most of the time, vacuums regularly and does her own sheets. (In fact, that's her, just above, taking care of her sheets yesterday.) Sometimes she does need a little help with deep cleaning, but this is one area that has developed well.
So, yeah. If you've got kids and read here, what do you do about chores? Is it working for you?