We changed the kids jobs at the house again. At first we had a rough time setting them up because Maggie had so much homework. We were trying to get the kids to have dish nights. With three kids and seven nights a week we finally settled on Beth doing dishes on Monday and Tuesday. William had dishes on Wednesday and Thursday and Maggie had dishes on Friday and Saturday. Then I would take Sunday. It didn’t work. Having those days of the week worked with Maggies homework, but nothing else worked. The dishes would be started too late for two loads to be done, or all of the things that couldn’t go into the dishwasher wouldn’t get washed. Everyone could remember who should have done what dirty dishes and it was never theirs. So the next person wouldn’t do the dishes because the person before them hadn’t finished theirs, etc, etc, etc. That was plan “A”. So we moved to plan “B”. We added in laundry. Remember that my kids are in college and in high school…and I am trying to teach them some responsibility and skills so that when they go out into the world, they can survive.
In plan “B” we went to a more monthly approach. One person did the laundry all month. This is really only one or two loads a day.( I cam already hear everyone panicking) The other two kids split the dishes. They go every other day. The laundry part worked. No-one is thrilled with the laundry, but there is no pan scrubbing involved. The dishes didn’t work. We had the same problems that we had with plan “A”. Now, we have just started plan “C”. The laundry part will stay the same. Here is the plan for the dishes. The kids will still switch jobs each month. This month Beth has laundry and William and Maggie have dishes. From the first to the fifteenth William has the dishes every day. Maggie has a break. She had laundry last month. Also…she has less homework this year. Maggie will have dishes from the sixteenth to the end of the month and William will be on break. Next month William will go to laundry and Beth will start the month on break while Maggie will have the dishes from the first to the fifteenth. This really isn’t as complicated as it sounds.
This is our first month on plan “C”. So far the dishes start-up was slow. William wasn’t doing the dishes , or wasn’t doing all of them. Then he realized that no one else was coming to do them the next day, and if I was going to make dinner, we needed clean dishes. It has been going better this week. I hope that this plan works because I don’t have a plan “D”.