Friday afternoon chore time

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Friday afternoon chore time
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Fri, 02-05-2010 - 4:38pm

I got off work early so am tackling some chores.

What are your least favorite chore?

Which ones do you not mind so much?

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Registered: 05-19-2009
Thu, 02-11-2010 - 12:56pm
That's what our weekends are like also. We also like to go to the movies together--all 4 of us.

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that

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Thu, 02-11-2010 - 12:58pm


Do you have carpet in your entryways and bathrooms?

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Thu, 02-11-2010 - 3:46pm

LOL, weird stereotype, yes it is, like oprah and bon bons are so is assuming SAHMS and cleaning.....but i do agree if you're trying to paint the many differences in SAH.

 

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Thu, 02-11-2010 - 3:51pm
the last movie we all saw together was the michael jackson, this is it.

 

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Registered: 05-19-2009
Thu, 02-11-2010 - 4:15pm

Maybe you are confused about what stereotypes are? I don't know. The thread was about chores. Evidently you have "chores" and you like to do them on Saturday. How is my assuming you have chores when you typed the little words in, that you do chores, usually on Saturday, a stereotype that sahms do chores?

I guess I won't ask what dynamics you think I have with my kids. : (

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that

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Fri, 02-12-2010 - 9:36am

I'm a SAHM but I don't do all the chores while my kids are at school and dh at work. I do some of it, but I expect dh and the kids to help as well. What example would I be setting for my kids if I did all the chores?

I don't save all the chores for one day, but they are done as needed. My kids set and clear the table as well as rinse the dinner dishes and put them in the dishwasher. The two older kids empty the dishwasher. They are all responsible for putting away their folded, clean clothes, making their beds and cleaning up their rooms. On weekends, I do make them vacuum and clean up the playroom, vacuum the stairs and sometimes their own rooms. Sometimes my oldest two get to clean the hall bathroom.

My kids have plenty of time "off" on the weekends and we certainly don't spend every minute of the weekend having family time. Spending an hour on the weekend taking care of household chores really isn't hampering our time together.

In fact, their school days are pretty full with school, homework, activities, dinner such that aside from helping with dinner and putting their dirty clothes away, they don't have much time for chores during the week. I think it's important for them to help with chores, so that means getting them to do it on weekends. My work status really has nothing to do with it.

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Fri, 02-12-2010 - 9:49am
I agree with you, in principle anyway (I am bad about involving the inmates in chores). As kids we usually only spent time with our parents if we were either keeping them company while they worked or we were working alongside them.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 10:04am

I found it to be age dependent.

When my kids were infants and toddlers I did the vast majority of the chores during the time that DH was at work. The exceptions being things that had to be done in the evening (dinner dishes) or were safer/easier on the weekend when DH was here to take care of the kids (mowing lawn/major cleaning).

As the kids grew and took on chores it also depended on time of year. During the school year I still did "my" chores during the school/work week. They did their chores evenings and weekends. I did not save anything up for the weekend, routine cleaning that needed to be done I did (with the exception of their bedrooms and later their bathroom which was their responsibility). I guess there is one exception to that, DD3 loved to dust and I hate it so she did most of the dusting.

During summer/long school breaks. The house got much more messier and needed cleaned up much more frequently so they had more chores to do. We did sometimes have everyone pitch in and clean this house but it was never saved for a particular day of the week but on an as needed basis.

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Fri, 02-12-2010 - 10:58am

I don't "save" stuff for a particular day necessarily but I don't think it would be responsible of me as a parent to not have my kids participate in any of the household chores by doing it all when I'm home alone. In fact, I'm rarely home alone more than two hours a day. I still have a preschooler at home - we are usually out in the mornings, then she goes to school in the afternoon, but I only get a 2-2.5 hr window when she's not here and I try to use that time to go shopping or run errands. Therefore, I usually do the day to day upkeep (cleaning up the kitchen/dishes, cleaning up crumbs/dog&cat hair/from first floor, organizing bills/school papers, etc) on an ongoing basis whenever I have the time, whether it's while the kids are at school, or at night after they are in bed or as I'm in the kitchen cooking. However, for the things that don't need to be done right away or can stand to wait until the kids have time, such as vacuuming their bedrooms, their playroom, etc, I let it go until the weekend when they have time to do it.

I used to do all the laundry while the kids were at school, but it's actually cheaper for me (lower rates from our energy supplier) to do our laundry at night and on the weekends so I rarely do laundry when dh and the kids are at work and school. I try to stick a load in at night and set the timer so it runs around 5 or 6am, then I throw it in the dryer just after the kids leave for school so it's done b/f the rates go up. That means I typically only get one load of laundry in per day. Sometimes though, b/c I have a large family, it gets backlogged such that I do have to play catch up on the weekends, in which case, I do enlist the kids and dh to help.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 11:22am

"I don't "save" stuff for a particular day necessarily but I don't think it would be responsible of me as a parent to not have my kids participate in any of the household chores by doing it all when I'm home alone."

I did not mean to imply that you personally save up chores that was about the subject in general not you personally.

If you read my post I did not do all of my chores when I was home alone and my kids did have chores. The are always enough chores to go around.

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