Note: Selling household chores to kids is a very old post. That time when we still do not have that automatic washing machine. We only had a very old and sometimes malfunctioning machine then. I chanced upon this while cleaning Momi Berlin. And I find it necessary to share .
How does one encourage boys – nine, eight, and five years old – to help a not so physically well mother with the laundry?
Selling household chores to kids
It is all in the marketing-
ICE HOCKEY GUY
He is the ice hockey guy. He tries to maneuver the water into the catch basin using a floor scrub.
He is the fetcher. He carries with him a not-so-loaded bucket of washed clothes from the washing machine to the basin full of water. The goal is so simple. He needs to put inside the basin full of water the washed clothes for rinsing.
They are the rinsers. First, they need to take the soap off the clothes. Then, they need to shoot them at the second basin for the second rinsing. Lastly, another big basin is waiting for the third and final rinsing.
He is the scooper. He scoops the bubbly water out the basin. He thinks the soap should be taken out for easy rinsing.
We multi-task and share responsibilities so everyone gets to experience how it is to be the ice hockey guy, the fetcher or the rinser.
After the tiring yet fun laundry task, the boys got access to play Plants vs Zombies!
By the way, it was not raining that time. We just wore our raincoats. Ihihi.