Thursday, October 24, 2013
I sat some of my teens down this week and asked for help. I needed artwork done. I handed out paper, pencils and crayons. (That's all we had on hand). I wrote up a little motivational paper and said I needed it turned into big pages of artwork.
My idea was to motivate the grown children to willingly help more around the house. What I wrote sounded like a "war slogan" for the homefront. Here is what my paper said:
"Take Pride in Our Home!
"Do Your Share!"
I thought my teenagers would do something basic and pretty. But they surprised me!
Within 30 minutes, they had created large comic strips, complete with cartoon characters. One depicted "Dean" who had a full time job, and still came home to clean his house. He urged readers to clean too!
Next, there was "Stanley" who wore glasses and a nice shirt and tie. He thought very poorly about people who didn't do dishes or sweep the floors. He pointed out at his audience and demanded they get up and work around the house.
I taped the comics around the kitchen and hallways. They were so entertaining. One of the grown children woke up late and saw them! "What's with all the comics?" He asked with a smile.
When children are little, it is easy to get a routine of chores established. But as time changes and seasons come and go, we have to constantly adjust our homemaking tasks to meet the needs of a growing family. When we have teenagers and young adults living at home, it is hard to avoid feel like a nag, wanting them to help more. Motivation and fun cleaning games are a wonderful way to make a transition into a new routine of chores.
I have a new plan in place, and new chore assignments for each of my children. We will continue to make war slogans for cleaning, to keep things light and fun here at home. I love cleaning and housekeeping. I want to pass on that same delight to my children through creative motivation.
From the Archives:
When Mr. White carried me into the house - Walking the Grounds with Mister.
Won't You Be One of these? - A Good Little Housewife.
A Very Special Place - The Comfort of a Dressing Room.
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