Pool season must be in full swing around here and I'm not afraid to admit it and show you what it actually translates into...
This is how I left my house one morning and subsequently came back to it for lunch with the littles.
When Lee is jetting off into the rising sun that means the General Cleaner-Upper is gone. The dishes, cereal, clothes, table, EVERYTHING is cleaned up when he leaves after breakfast. In the hopes of not coming home to a total wreck every lunch hour - because it is just stressful. I nixed the playing with Barbies upstairs and asked the girls to pack up their bags and do something downstairs. Play with A or unload the dishwasher or put dishes away or wipe the table.
Why they aren't doing morning chores to begin with, I cannot say. We've never really assigned them; they are more than capable.
We also did some afternoon/evening chores - again dishwasher, table, vacuuming the floor - and I can say many hands means less work for me and more efficient time spent doing dedicated reading time or homework.
E - almost 8 - loaded the dishwasher and vacuumed the floors
R - 6 - read to C and wiped off the table
M - 4 - set the table and helped clear the table
A - dragged the stool around the house
It is strange because they kind of compete for chores because someone wants to set the table and another gets upset because she couldn't put napkins out. I'm sure the novelty will wear off but if I can keep a standard of help/chores - like I do with Saturday laundry - then much more of the kitchen clean up can and will be done by capable little hands.
I'll keep you posted on my progress and theirs too.