Monday, January 21, 2008

WWKD?

So I know y'all have been waiting with faded breath to see what decisions I came to regarding chores. I really couldn't decide which way to go~though I loved reading everyone's ideas.

**Note to self: If you are short on comments, give people an opportunity to tell me what to do. Most comments I have had since the Baby Naming Fiasco. Another example of y'all telling me what to do! :-)**

So I did what my wise sister would do. I actually have a bracelet that says WWKD? I watched lots of TV to come up with my answer. I hit everything from the beloved Supernanny to Kids by the Dozen and my favorite for household inspiration~The Duggar Family! OK, so the mom has a fierce she-mullet but she runs a tight ship and I want to learn from her. So here is what I have come up. Much of my plan is shamelessly swiped from the dress-wearing homeschoolers. I do not want to wear a dress or homeschool, but WOW. They are some smart chicks. :-)

In addition to the kids having specific chores, we all have our own area or jurisdiction. Everyone is responsible for their own stuff but each person checks their jurisdiction before stories can be read at bedtime. Here's the breakdown.

TIM
Lunches~helping the girls make lunches for school
Kitchen~clean up after dinner

JEN
Breakfast~planning and prepping
Dinner~planning and cooking
Office~straighten up, filing
Staircase (things pile up there during the day)
Laundry~'nuff said
Master bath~wipe down any gobs of toothpaste, clumps of ick

CAROLINE
Hall bath~clean once a week
Kids' bath~clean once a week
Hallway (another place things pile up)

AMELIA
Family room~put away magazines, books, afghans, pillows, and the remote in it's home

GRETA
Mudroom~make sure all shoes are in cubbies, hats ect in the basket, coats on hooks

WYATT
Working on sitting up, moving to crawling

DAILY~the girls will unload the dishwasher, set and clear the table, and make sure their backpacks are ready and clothes are set out. Keep room neat and bed made~except Greta til she gives up her nap.

WEEKLY~put dirty laundry basket in hallway, put away clean laundry, take out trash.

So that's my plan. We discussed it at dinner and all were excited. Especially the little girls since we starting by telling them only Caroline got jurisdictions cuz she was big. They fell right into that trap! Stay tuned for Post #2~Theories on Allowance



10 comments:

Heaven Sent said...

Wow - sounds like a great plan. Especially for Mommy. :) Keep us posted on the progress!!!

amanda said...

Good planning, Jen! Let us know how it works! :)
I, too, would love a WWKD bracelet...where do I order one? :)

i am not said...

Interesting... we've just begun chores around here, too. Nora was asking for a webkin and we decided that she could do chores to earn it... so I came up with a list and she is very excited about it. Too bad for her it is going to take forEVER to earn the webkin since the chores are only 10-30 cents each and 10% goes to Jesus, 10% goes to savings:)

I'm still not entirely sold on chores for money or on allowances...

i am not said...

Amanda - no bracelet necessary. Just watch tv;)

Anne said...

Gotta love those Duggars!!! I think we should send the mom money for a hair cut. She at the very least needs to grow the sides of her hair out. But who am I to talk. I only dream of being that organized.
Let me know how the jurisdictions work out!

TIM said...

This plan SUCKS!!!!!!!

Mommy Brain said...

ROFLMAO!!! Who are these Duggars? I always knew that you secretly wanted to be a skirt wearing she-mullet...dates back to your Southside days doesn't it?

Megan said...

Ha, ha, poor Tim!! I feel for you man.... Hey, maybe if I have about 16 more kids, we could build our own house like the Duggars!!!!

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