There are some chores in the house I just do not want to do. The solution? Easy – make your tween do them. I mean, it’s her house too and learning to take care of it is part of growing up.
Now, I will mention my husband is Filipino and my daughter is half Filipino. Both of them live on rice. Me…I’ll stick to my potatoes. While I have no problem making rice, several times a week, I don’t like cleaning the rice cooker. Hence, my daughter has been assigned a new chore.
When I told her to make sure she cleans it, I got the typical, “ok” which was followed by her forgetting. I was going to make a point in this case. Yup, I’m that type of mom. So, I let the rice cooker sit there. I knew there was a bit of rice left in it.
Last night, right before dinner, I pointed to the rice cooker and stated, “after dinner you will clean that”. She reluctantly agreed (as if she had a choice).
What ensued was hysterical.
She opens the rice cooker and there was a bit of a smell. Cue gagging noises and her holding the rice pot as far away from her as possible while she takes it over to the garbage.
I start laughing. Well, it was funny.
Then, she has to glove up because as she said, “I’m not touching that with bare hands”. I think if a hazmat suit had been available, she would have suited up.
It was then time to interject some motherly advice. I said, “I bet you’ll remember to clean it after each meal now, huh? There is a reason I ask you do things within in a certain time frame. I knew what would happen if you let it go too long. Your mom does know a thing or two.”
She completely agreed and I don’t think she’ll be forgetting to clean the rice cooker anytime soon. Sometimes kids have to learn by doing in order to appreciate the wisdom of their parents.