Huh… the summer is over and apparently I never posted this. Let’s see how they did.
This summer I would like:
- DC1 to learn to notice and do chores (like emptying the dishwasher) without being asked at all. (Currently: must be asked at least 3 times) DC1 has NOT learned to notice without being asked. We have added the rule that if zie has to be asked more than once, then zie has to also LOAD the dishwasher after.
- DC1 to learn some more cooking and to cook at least once a week without complaint. DC1 has learned more cooking and does cook once a week sans any but the most perfunctory complaint.
- DC2 to flush the toilet after use EVERY TIME. This still needs work.
- DC2 to stop whining. Full stop. Just no more whining. This has gotten better, but there’s still whining on occasion. I have gotten better about just telling DC2 that I can’t work when zie is whining and zie needs to go to hir room to whine.
- DC2 to be polite with goodbyes rather than just abruptly saying goodbye and leaving without preamble (both in person and on zoom). DC2 thinks this is something of a game now. Zie is a little better but now just does it this way to annoy me, somewhat similar to DC1’s complaining about cooking.
- Both kids to pick up their dirty laundry from the floor without being asked. This seems to have gotten better. We’ve also ceded laundry control to the kids for their laundry and DC1 recently learned that if zie puts it off too long then they run out of towels. I’m not sure if this lesson will stick.
I have some preferences as well, like it would be nice for them to use soap when washing their hair This seems to have happened, or for DC1 to keep hir nails clipped to violin-length Still requires nagging. But I feel like we shouldn’t ask for too much.
The whining though, that has to stop. Seriously. How am I going to make it through the semester?