Getting my children to do chores is hard unless monetary payments are offered. In recent years, money has become tight and I have decided that my girls need to learn responsibility without bribes. My oldest daughter rebelled at first, but I think she learned her lesson now.
The other day I asked Francisca to help clean the living room. She whined about it like she always does. I didn't feel like arguing with her so I said "Never mind I'll get Erika to do it.".
I called Erika in the room and asked her to pick up the shoes and straighten the DVD boxes in the living room. She went right to work without any complaining. Then I turned to Francisca, who was sitting on the sofa with a smile on her face, and told her to clean the toilet! She was extremely pissed. "Why do I have to do that?" That answer was easy "Because you don't want to do any of the other chores I ask you to do." She cried a little, but did the chore. Not a very good job either. I didn't make her redo it or anything.
I'm pretty sure she learned her lesson though. Just now I asked her to do a chore and she automatically said "NO" then she said "WAIT, WAIT! I will do it, I don't want to do something nasty again."
Originally Posted on Livin' La Vida Loca (7/28/2012)