The Daily Dad Reminder

The Daily Dad Reminder

On Dad's Watch, Chores, “If you don’t do your chores, you won’t be allowed to wear pants for a week!” Things weren’t quite that hard core when I was growing up, however our parents made it clear we had responsibilities and transgressions weren’t tolerated.

Fast forward 50 years and our attempts to imbue a modicum of domestic service consistency in our children have been sub-optimal. Invariably, my wife takes out the garbage, folds the laundry and sweeps the kitchen…which, after further consideration, is probably not a bad deal all around! So thanks for reading…see you guys next week!

Over the years, I’ve done little to enhance my credibility as an enforcer. The harshest punishment ever dished out, literally, was vanilla ice cream instead of chocolate. Now, I’m Obama living with two Vladimir Putins! They just ignore me take over another part of the house.

But there is hope! Starting last Monday, they’ve been receiving daily text messages reminding them of their chores. Although I’m no match in the latest iPhone app game, I control the networking and messaging infrastructure of the family’s electronic resources, not to mention, I pay the bills and manage all the passwords! MoooHahahahaha! So I can’t be blocked, ignored, reported, or marked as spam. I can beam subliminal reminders to their Google Glasses. I AM INVINCIBLE!

Who knows if this will work? The likely scenario is that after a week I’ll apologize and raise their allowances.

Anyway…at least we still have Mom!

Authored by: Michael Malgeri

Michael lives in Redondo Beach with his wonderful wife and their beautiful children, the stars of "On Dad's Watch." He makes a living in the software industry and pursues writing in between fun family events. Along with "On Dad's Watch," Michael believes there's a need to teach young people about the morality and practicality of Capitalism as well as provide them with an alternative perspective on environmental issues. His books on these topics can be found at

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