My kids have jobs for the summer.

I mean, from mid-August through May, their job has been learning at school and doing their homework. But once school is out for the summer, does that mean that I should continue pulling all the weight at home on top of my part-time job and writing?

I didn’t think so. Especially since they’re now ages 6 to 13.

So, my refrigerator door holds a chore chart for my kids. Every weekday, they have to make their beds and clean their rooms. (It should go without saying, but these same kids will stay in their pajamas all day if I let them.) The little guy is in charge of getting the mail every day. The 12-year-old gets to mow the lawn once a week. And my special needs daughter gets to clean out the inside of the van every week. In addition, they will take turns weekly helping with the laundry, the dishes, or Mom’s cleaning chores.

As an incentive to get their work done, we’re planning “reward” activities. A trip to the pool. A movie night. A backyard campout. A trip to a water-spraying playground followed by milkshakes.

Work, then play. And everyone pitches in. How’s that for a lesson about life and family?

What about you? Do you reward yourself for getting work done? If so, how? If you have kids, do they do chores? How old were they when you started?

Dividing the Labor
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3 thoughts on “Dividing the Labor

  • June 2, 2010 at 8:40 am

    >Hi Candee –

    I don't have any kids at this stage of my life. Rewarding myself? Hmm, not a bad idea. Chocolate? Computer time?

    Susan 🙂

  • June 2, 2010 at 10:41 am

    >For me, the reward I need to give myself is to take the time to pause and reflect on the Lord's pleasure in me.

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