“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!