Making Chores Fun

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Putting My Foot Down
It was so simple. Maybe too simple. After a full day at the office, making dinner, giving baths, and reading bedtime stories, all I wanted was a glass of wine and a long soak in a hot tub after my daughters went to bed for the evening. I had already started the bath water and went to retrieve my book from the family room. I was hurrying across the carpet to get it when a searing pain shot between my toes. Read more.

Whistle While You Work
I loom ominously in the doorway of Grace's room and say in my deepest, best villainous voice, "If you put away every last toy on your bedroom floor, pick up every single Polly Pocket and unload the dishwasher, then maybe, just maybe, I'll let you go to the ball." "Yes, stepmother," Grace, 6, answers back sweetly as she scurries to clean up her room. Read more.

Winning the Chore War
I'm approaching the table with plates of piping hot spaghetti, salad, and bread. If only there were some placemats, I could put them down before my hands turn to molten lava. Table-setting has fallen to my daughter Caitlin this week, but surprise, she is nowhere to be seen, and neither is our dinnerware. Read more.

Chore Dice
For at least 15 minutes, I listened to my daughters debate whose turn it was to load the dishwasher. Either one of them could have finished doing the simple after-dinner chore by then if they'd just gotten to it instead of bickering. I didn't think alternating daily chores was that complicated, but obviously I should have written out a schedule or marked the calendar. Read more.

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