Yesterday I asked Teenage Daughter to water my garden for me. This morning I went out to water it again and found that the hose was left on all night. UGH. So, I asked her if she realized that she left the hose on all night (knowing full well what the answer would be). Her answer was, “Oh, I thought I turned it off – is that a problem?”
Yes, that was a problem, but the bigger problem is that I need to supervise every chore my kids do lately. If I don’t check back on what I’ve asked them to do, I find that it’s either half-assed or not done at all. Honestly, I’m not a control freak, but if I’ve got to redo what they’ve done, it’s not worth my time to ask them.
On the other hand, I am aware that there are ramifications for raising kids who don’t contribute at all by not doing any chores. I don’t want my kids to think that they are not expected to do anything in life. If our ultimate goal is to raise responsible adults, I wouldn’t be doing them any favors.
I suppose that I could consult a parenting book on this, but I think that there’s a special place in hell for parenting books. I really can’t stand them. I’d rather know what others have to say on this vital topic. Please feel free to comment.