The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Solution for a Lazy Housekeeper: Child Labor

If you've been reading my blatherings for a while, you know that I'm a lazy housekeeper. Well, I came up with a new solution. Not long ago, I asked the kiddinkidinks to put away all their toys. They had plenty of time to do it, but they kept coming to tell me it was done when it clearly wasn't. Finally, I set the timer for 5 more minutes and told them that anything remaining out of place when the timer sounded would become mine to do with what I wanted. Unfortunately, I was able to collect a large-ish bin of toys, their Blocks Box, and both of their pairs of sandals!

Punk has no other shoes right now, so we struck a deal so he could have them back right away. I told them that they could earn their shoes back by doing an extra job around the house. They already help with laundry (gathering, sorting, loading, and putting away), setting and clearing the table, and taking care of their toys (obviously, all of this is to a 4 year old's standard of excellence!). So, only BIG jobs were left and I knew I'd be helping (and I anticipated having more work to do than if I'd just done it myself). Punk chose to mop the floors and Pea chose to clean the bathroom. They both were actually really excited to do their jobs and kept asking me when they could do them! And, they both did pretty well with their tasks, considering their ages and that this was their first crack at this kind of job.

They were so cute, I snapped a few pics of them.The look on her face here is more about the camera than her attitude toward the job. She was having fun scrubbing the tub!


S.M.S said...

The pictures of the kiddos cleaning are too cute. I just love reading your blog. Here is one of mine:


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My Man and Me
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ours through biology, born 7/25/2004, home 8/1/2004


ours through adoption from Liberia, West Africa, born 7/15/2005, home 10/25/2007


ours through domestic adoption, born 1/15/2011, home 2/10/2011, final 8/3/2011

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  • 9/24/08 Home study update home visit for Ghana adoption
  • 10/15/08 Dossier sent to AOHG
  • 10/15/08 I600A application sent to USCIS
  • 10/30/08 First heard about possible domestic private adoption
  • 11/18/08 Last spoke with contact about possible domestic adoption; expected to hear back about meeting with birthmother
  • 12/3/08 Withdrew application from AOHG
  • 1/6/09 Found out another family had been chosen for possible domestic adoption
  • 1/21/09 USCIS fingerprinting appointment
  • 1/8/09 Received USCIS fingerprinting appointment notice
  • 4/11/09 Sent Pre-Application to Covenant Care Adoptions for Domestic Infant Adoption program
  • 6/8/09 Social worker visit to update home study from International to Domestic
  • 7/24/09 Received completed home study update
  • 8/25/09 Went "on the list" for birthfamilies to choose from
  • 4/28/10 Found out a birth mom had chosen us
  • 5/8/10 Met the birth mom
  • 5/11/10 Got the call that birth mom changed her mind
  • 5/19/10 Birth mom's scheduled c-section
  • 11/30/10 Visit from DSS sw about foster parenting
  • 11/30/10 Got the call that another birth mom had chosen us
  • 12/21/10 Met with the birth mom
  • 1/15/11 @1:42 PM BB was born!
  • 1/19/11 ICPC (interstate) paperwork sent to GA for approval
  • 1/31/11 ICPC Clearance Approved
  • 2/10/11 Placement Ceremony and Pup comes home!!!!
  • 8/3/11 It's Official! Pup's Adoption Decree was issued