I can't remember a time when I was little when my mother didn't post a list of what room my siblings and I were to clean that week. It didn't matter if we traded or paid each other off to do it, as long as it got done.
For several years now, my older boys were in charge of dusting their rooms every other week, which is how often I deep clean the house.
A few months ago I showed my oldest the ropes of doing his own laundry so that was another thing taken off my plate.
Today I stepped it up a notch. There's no reason why the kids shouldn't be cleaning their rooms on a weekly basis. I also hovered over my oldest and showed him the proper way to clean the boy's bathroom.
Every time he rolled his eyes I added another chore to the mix.
It feels really good to have finally stepped up. I should have done this a long time ago.
I'm pretty sure one day he'll be thanking me versus cursing me as he scrubs the toilet.