Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chore Letters for My Children


This morning, I was feeling overwhelmed. I have been doing a lot of housework. Amy (15) has been ill, so I was doing her chores as well as my own. Then I remembered what I went through a few months ago. I wrote about my homemaking binder and how it solved my problem of delegating housework to the children. At times I can get *selfish* and want to do all the work myself. (It is a sickness - smiles.) But I cannot do everything. Over time, it will wear me out.

So this morning, I sat down at my dining room table and wrote a letter to each of my children. Here is what I wrote:

(Age 17) 1. Dear Matthew,
Please clean the game room. Please take all the empty wood pellet bags out of the livingrooom.
Love Mom.

(Age 15) 2. Dear Amy,
Please clean your room. Please bake a cake for Daddy. Please wash the kitchen and bathroom floors.
Love Mom.

(Age 12) 3. Dear John,
Please clean your room. Please clean the bathroom, and take out all the trash.
Love Mom.

These sweet letters were handed to each child. They smiled and cheerfully did their work.

I was delighted.

Mrs. White


Anonymous said...

God is so good!

Joyce Ackley said...

Good plan! I know you enjoy doing the cleaning yourself, but you have a big house. Trying to do it all yourself will wear you out, like you said. It won't hurt the kids to pitch in.

Take care and have a great day.

Unknown said...

Well then, if it works that well I'm going to HAVE to try this. You have the best ideas ever.

Jodi said...

What a great idea. Maybe that's what I'll do with mine, it sure beats nagging!

Not So Average Mama said...

What a wonderful idea!