I make my kids do chores around the house, pick up after themselves, etc. There's no lounging around the house until noon unless I'm the one that does it. I also have a rule of no media from 9-5 during the summer. This means they know that they don't even ask me if they can watch a movie, TV, play computer, use the DS, etc. All they have to do is look at the clock. If the clock says it's time for media, then they can. If not, they have to find something else to do (read, puzzles, play outside, games, etc). I even convinced my neighbor this was a good idea (high 5's exchanged behind the kids' backs).
About 1/2way thru the summer, I decided it would be a good idea if I let the kids start doing some cleaning. We started with the bathrooms.
|Yes, he really was this happy.|
|Please ignore the Barbie spa sitting next to the toilet. It's a tub toy that got pushed over there while mopping the floor.|
If only they were tall enough to get in the sink to do dishes...