I have spent, and am still spending, a lot of time raising the Kids to be responsible adult.
This means that they know how to clean up, sweep/vac and mop the floors, scrub the bathroom, wash dishes, run the dishwasher, do laundry...
Of course, not every Kid know all these chores. Kids One and Two do. Kids Three and Four and close behind. They are still learning the laundry part.
All this has come in very handy last week...
And there were also a few adjustments that have been made over the last few days...
In the past two weeks, we've had 2 sick Kids, another Kid get a broken finger, and those sick Kids shared their germs with me. Blech!
The sick Kids got better quickly, and Kid One (with the broken finger) started issuing orders to get the chores accomplished.
It has taken longer for me to recover, but knowing that these Kids know how to do the chores was a relief. The house didn't fall into complete shambles. And while things aren't perfect and the laundry needs to be caught up on a little more, it's all managable.
When did I start them on chores?
As soon as they were walking around. Maybe not quite that early. But still... They started with the basic acts of helping to clean up their toys. Folding simple pieces of laundry. And moving up to putting away their own clothes, running the vacuum, dishwasher, washer and dryer.
Do they do a perfect job?
No. But they're learning how to do it. They rotate dish days in pairs. Kids One and Four work together. Kids Two and Three work together. They put away their own clothes. They clean up their own toys. They prepare simple meals, or help depending on which Kid they are.
Do I care if the job is perfect?
That depends. Dishes must be clean. Of course. But if laundry isn't folded just right, I don't care. If they miss a dust bunny, I get somebody to grab it. If they missed wiping off the counter, I call them out to the kitchen to finish the job.
My ultimate goal is to have children who won't bring their laundry home for me to wash while they run off doing who knows what. They'll come and sit with us and spend some leisurely time, or help us do something that needs done. And they'll be able to do their basic mending, too. Kid One already patches jeans, works on the occasional button (these don't come along often since we don't have a lot of clothes with buttons) and will learn some nice handstitching, too.
I'm done recovering from this virus. People have eaten through this time. Laundry is done. And I don't have a lot to catch up on while I'm regaining my strength. Only the fun sewing that didn't get done.