They also are required to clear their dishes after every meal. Every evening they have to help clean up all of their toys and straighten out their rooms a bit.
The other day when Alex was complaining that she did not have a cup to drink from at dinner time I made sure to let her know of all I did myself to get ready for dinner and so if she would like to ensure she has a cup next time I would love it if she helped me set the table.
I want to teach my kids to be responsible so they can learn the value of hard work, finishing a job and heck so I can be a little more lazy and do less things myself. Hey, I'm being honest here.
But even with all I want my kids to do- there is one job they are NOT allowed to do.
They are under no circumstances allowed to change the toilet paper.
Several months ago, Lucas had enough to finish up, was flushing and while flushing was changing the toilet paper. At that exact moment the toilet paper holder slipped from his hand, fell into the toilet and went down the drain! Yes, the entire stick-thing toilet paper holder fell was flushed! Though- the next day the toilet would no longer flush. Eric happened to be there at the time and still says he would not believe it if he hadn't seen it with his own eyes.A few months after that, while Alex was in the bathroom and the toilet paper ran out mid-usage- she went to change the roll and the little stick fell in the toilet. And well, she hadn't just gone pee. Fishing things out of poop filled toilets is probably the lowest thing on my list of things I like doing.
And then when this exact same thing happened just a few days later- I was done.
Now my kids know that they are no longer allowed to change the toilet paper.
So, if I walk into the bathroom and see an empty roll- it doesn't annoy me as it might most, but it makes me happy because I know my kids are actually listening.
Linking up today with the lovely Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn for their Talk to Us Tuesday