Sunday, January 4, 2009

Hired Help

"I hope you don't expect me to do this every day of my life." Kid mumbles as she loads the dryer.

21 comments:

Renee said...

Can I hire Kid for help at my house as well???? Oh-and I'm curious..regarding the $2... Hubby and I recently had a discussion regarding giving allowances...I did not grow up getting one; he did-I have mixed feelings about it and was curious as to how the Furious family does it? :)

Mrs Furious said...

Renee,
Well we just started with an allowance and we've been pretty inconsistent.
Technically she should get $1/week for doing these things daily:
putting away shoes
hanging up coat
hanging up bookbag
putting lunch box on the counter
setting the table w/napkins & forks
putting dirty clothes in the laundry bin

I've scrapped making her bed because she never did it.

If she does all those things she's supposed to get her allowance. We started right before break and everything went out the window then. We're getting back into tomorrow.

I decided she can bribe her with an extra buck to help with the laundry. I'm not sure that will always work though ;)

And I didn't get an allowance either. I've asked about this on the blog and it really seems that having some kind of money & financial awareness as a kid helped later in life when managing money. I'll see if I can find those posts and email them to you.

Christy said...

My 8 year old loves the washing and drying aspect, but is of no help when it comes to fold and put away. I just found out she lost a library book from MAY. I told her she was going to have to do something like unload the dishwasher for a week to make up for it. I guess I should be making her do that anyway, but I worry about her cutting herself and/or breaking my dishes.

Mrs Furious said...

Christy,
I'm not naturally oriented towards chores myself so I have a hard time deciding what is a good amount without venturing into too much. I know some people's kids can do all sorts of things but I'd be worried about the broken dishes too (I like my dishes!!). We're all about the baby steps to self-sufficiency around here. Kid just started dressing herself ;)

Supermom said...

WOW!!! I think I am going to "hurt" my back and teach my kids house stuff!!!!!

How are you???
Michelle :)

Miss Theresa said...

Oh my, I think Kid is going to be sorely disappointed when she finds out that later on in life she'll have to do laundry and not get paid!

At least you can still bribe her to help you!

Haley said...

Awww... that's a tough realization to come to. I'm still not quite there.:)

Elizabeth said...

What Miss. Theresa said!

Although I've managed to accumulate enough underwear to only do my laundry once a month.

However I also haul it to work where I do it for free in the secret laundry room.

Yes we have a secret laundry room. I think about five people know of its existence.

Gigs said...

I have to say Kid's comment made me smile. The candor of the young is priceless!

Me, Myself and I said...

That is so so funny!

Hope you feel better soon!

Mrs Furious said...

Miss Theresa,
I did say to her "how do you think I feel everyday?!"


Elizabeth,
I had amassed 52 pairs of underwear when we were in NY just to avoid the laundromat as much as possible.


Supermom,
I think they have to see you crying in order to think helping you might be a good thing to do ;)

Haley,
I'm with you.

Gigs,
Kid is always good for laugh... she's already got shtick at 6!

Me, Myself, & I,
Thank you :)

Dana said...

You've got a good girl, there. I can barely get my husband to do the laundry without expecting worldly praise. :)

Renee said...

Hmmmm...perhaps that is why I'm so bad at managing money? My Mom always had the attitude of it was easier to do it herself so we honestly never had that many chores, either....I'm trying to find a balance that works although the kids are still a little young at this poing-it never hurts to start planning though (something I rarely do!!!). Thank you for the great advice...how the hell did I survive before finding your blog? (And I'm NOT being sarcastic here...it is so nice to get feedback from other Moms) By the way, C LOVES to do laundry now...but something tells me this will change before long.

Christy-I'm with your 8 year old-I have a real problem myself with the folding and putting away part (thus hubby has renamed our guest bedroom to guest clothes room ;)

julie said...

I love Kid's comment. I feel like that too when doing housework.

Kiki said...

Maybe that is why I resent housework now as an adult....I need to upgrade my allowance...

Elizabeth....I hear you on the underwear and I work in a retail store which = buy new clothes when nothing you own is clean enough to wear. Not so good for the pocketbook!!!

Mrs. F, how goes it??? Feeling any better??? I have been hoping that you are a quick healer!!!

gooddog said...

maybe if you tell your mom she can make mad money you won't feel so guilty. of course, i'm guessing $2/laundry wouldn't buy much in the adult world. hope today is a better day!

ps- part of my 5YO's chores for allowance deal is that he has to remind us to give him his money as one of his chores each week. otherwise he never gets it and i get annoyed trying to "make up" once a month or so.

Mrs Furious said...

Kiki,
I wish I was healing faster...


Gooddog,
That is hilarious. And a good idea.

Jennifer said...

Speaking of kid ... how is she doing off the seizure meds?

Mrs Furious said...

Jennifer,
She is doing great. So far so good!
I think when she had the bedwetting and vomiting it may very well been part of the weaning of the meds... but she's been totally off of them now for a month and she has had no problems.
Thanks for thinking of her :)

Mrs Furious said...

Dana,
Oh we praised her... I actually said to Mr F "honor her... she did all that laundry". Hopefully a little positive reinforcement will go a long way ;)

Heather said...

This is hilarious!

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