We do here at the Schrock's. I have tried a few different ways to tackle our problem. Some have worked for a week or two. Some never even made it through one day. The longest we have used was the summer of 2015. But, once school started it is a whole new ball game. I mean these kids are working their butts off at school. Yes, yes they get recess, lunch and gym. But I challenge you to go help in your students class for 1 hour and you would be amazed at them and the hard work they put in. With that being said though, here goes my rant.
There are a few simple tasks I would like my kids to do.
1. Hanging coat and back pack up and then wait for it...put their shoes away too. I know you are super excited to see me when you get home from school and that is why you leave your back pack at the door, your coat half way up the steps and your shoes in the living room. Please sweet children your night will be much more enjoyable if you take care of those things right away.
2. Take care of your dishes. I put the meal in front of you, c'mon people just bring the dish back when you're done!
3. Dirty clothes go in the hamper. Although it seems like a great idea to leave your clothes all through the dining room as you take them off, we really would prefer them in the hamper. Also when you come to complain how you have no pajamas clean, check under your blankets-that big ball you kick at night, it's a weeks worth of pj's you tear off in your sleep.
Now this may seem harsh to some or it might seem like "that's all you want them to do." My answer would be no I don't think it harsh. And yes on school days that is generally all I ask of them. They usually have reading or homework to do too. But I get 4 hours a night with these kids and I would much rather spend time with them, than making them clean. Kindergarten is a full time gig people. My Rae is pooped when the day comes to an end. I just want her to be a little kid when she gets home.
But wait for Saturday mornings around 9:30 then the sarge comes out and I've got rooms for each of them to clean. Surprisingly they usually do a good job. There are the days though when I have to switch it up to make it a little more fun.
First rule of cleaning with the Schrock's always have the music on and LOUD. A little trick I did the other day was called tag team cleaning. One little lady started in their craft area and one started in their bedroom. From there on every 10 minutes when the timer ran off I crazily yelled "SWITCHHHH" and they would run and smack each other's hands on their way to the opposite room. I tell ya I have NEVER had them work so hard and fast as they did that day. We had just watched a MasterChef Junior episode where they had a tag team challenge. So convincing them they needed their own tag team challenge wasn't hard at all.
PLEASE tell me I am not alone in this!? Anyone. . .
enjoy some pictures from our ice skating adventure this past week:)