Friday, June 16, 2006

Summertime Blues

Whoo Hooo! School is out and there is no one happier than mama!! The backpacks are hung, the swimsuits are washed, and the summer chore chart is about to be reinstated!!!! Yes, the summer chore chart is here and I am hopeful that all items on the chart will be cheerfully done with out any complaint! EVERY DAY! Before my kids are allowed to do ANYTHING in the morning whether it be T.V., going out with friends, playing etc...they must first complete everything on their chore chart. Everyday chores like: get dressed, brush your teeth and hair, clean your room, make beds, eat breakfast and help in the kitchen. --That is the morning list. The other list of only one or two day- specific chores can be done at any point during the day, but before dinner! Things like: water plants, pick up outside toys, clean out car, clean third floor and on and on.

Imagine my "surprise" when on Monday morning...the first day of the new regime...Nick protested! What a shock!!

Me: Nick, it's time to get up and start your chores.

Nick: What? Chores now? But it's summer!!!

Me: (triumphantly) Yes!!! And with summer comes summertime chores!

Nick: (whining) But I thought summer was for fun!

Me: (getting impatient) NO! Summer is NOT for fun. The only good thing about summer is that school is OUT. YOU still need to maintain a routine, and that ROUTINE includes your chores!!!

Nick moaned and reluctantly read his chore chart.

I think we're off to a good start. Don't you?

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