Kids & Summer Chores

Chore Wheel for delegating summer chores.

I remember being a kid and loving the feeling of freedom when school ended for the summer. 
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Now that I’m an adult, I still love the freedom that comes with summer, but I also feel a little bit like I’m a prison warden in charge of a bunch of hungry inmates.
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My kids have daily household chores during the summer months and each year that looks a little bit different, depending on the age of the kid, and depending on which kids are working outside of the home. 
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We had a family meeting a couple nights ago to discuss the Chore Wheel and how it works. The conversation did not go well. I ended up threatening consequences for non-compliance: everything from literally cutting the cable cord, to removing all TVs from the house, and I even threatened to take a sledgehammer to their cell phones. (We don’t even own a sledgehammer.)

We implemented the Chore Wheel yesterday, our first official day of summer vacation.

It was not smooth sailing. I ended up locking up the TV remotes and cell phones and there was a lot of discussion regarding various chores and how I expect the chores to be accomplished. I ended up doing a lot of the work because I wanted to demonstrate how to properly load the washing machine and fold the towels, as well as how to REALLY clean the bathroom. It will probably take a couple weeks for everyone to settle into the new system but hopefully we will all get used to the new way of doing things around here. 
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Over the years I have come to realize that no matter which chore system I choose, the hardest part is setting expectations, forcing compliance, and following through with consequences when kids fail to do their part. 
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In the meantime, you can find me at Home Depot, shopping for a sledgehammer.

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