Complaint: Kids who don’t clean up their own mess.
Solution: Child labor
In the past, I have been pretty terrible about enforcing chores, but then I had a nightmare that my teenage son grew up to be thirty-something, jobless, and living at home. So, I implemented some responsibility. Quick like!
The flexibility of a summer schedule can be very daunting for an Aspie kid. My son needs routine and certainty in his day. When summer roles around, this can be challenging, because the two things I don’t want in my day are routine and certainty!
What’s a mom to do?
These chores have offered him comfort. Who knew?!
At first I thought this whole responsibilty thing was going to be a drag. I was certain that Child Protective Services would be knocking on my door, due to reports of neglect, but it’s going great!
Now that I see it happening, I realize it makes perfect sense. He has a list, and damned if he doesn’t check it every day and complete his chores without me even asking! Say what!?
Take heart, Dear one. These chores will be here for you every single day. This is one thing I am absolutely certain.
A lot of thought went into the chores I assigned to my oldest. You can’t just give a child with severe OCD trash duty, and call it a day. Aside from his own room and mess, he is in charge of the two cleanest chores in the house.
*Empty the dishwasher and put away the dishes.
*Unload the dryer and fold clothes.
Not only are these the two cleanest chores available, but they are also the two chores I hate the most. It’s a perfect match!
He’s also responsible for vacuuming the carpeted areas of the house twice a week. Ya’ll, he vacuums like a professional! There are perfect tracks throughout the house all week long.
And don’t even get me started on the dishwasher! You know how you have to check the dishes a little to make sure nothing gross got left behind? Or maybe there’s a little residue from the dish washing liquid? Most kids just put that crap away anyway. Not my boy! He is the dish police!
Ahhh. It’s a proud mommy moment.
And the laundry? It’s folded meticulously. He’s better at it than I am!
It’s possible that I’m totally exploiting my child and taking advantage of his OCD.
But, I’m perfectly fine with that.
These chores have been wonderful for him. Who am I to steal his joy?
The way I look at it, it’s like therapy.
For both of us.
Plus, I now have the comfort of knowing that my nightmare will not come true. He will most certainly have a job and live away from home!
He’s going to make a great wife someday!
Inspired by Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop
prompt #2: Tell us about the last thing you complained about.
How was the issue resolved?