Tuesday, 15 February 2011
So, what was it for you? What is that thing that your parents did that you swore, when you became a parent, you would never do? And, how is that going? Did you make good on your promise?
Maybe it was a chore that you detested. Maybe it was a parenting style or a means of punishment.
For me, I hated dusting. I swore I would never make my children dust the house. How am I doing with that? Well, for the first 16 1/2 years of parenting, I did fine. But now that my children are older, we share the chores and one of them is dusting and wipe-down.
Do I still hate it? Absolutely! But where I deviate from my mother's means is that everyone in the house rotates through that task, so that each person only dusts once every five weeks. AND, I try not to criticize their work too much. I make sure my expectations are clear and train them how I'd like it done, but try to space my husband and I out on the task schedule, so that about twice a month, the job gets done properly.