RIGHT....kids....that's what we were talking about...MY kids...teaching them work...!!
Well, we have a pretty huge yard, and we have a couple PRETTY huge trees that hang over into our yard...which in the summer we are thankful for. These trees however in the fall drop these big brown seed pods ALL OVER THE YARD. Last year Brian decided to just mow them up....BAD IDEA. He was allergic to them, and had some serious eye and nasal problems for WEEKS. Sooo....this year...we have basically neglected them hoping that the backyard fairy would magically come clean it all up...oh ya...and all the dog poop too...!! HE NEVER CAME. ( I say he...cause I think a girl fairy woulda come...girls have much more intuition you know...)
Well, I got all "motivated" one day and decided to get the kids all pepped up and let them clean it up. Even if it took them hours....I remember being out in the yard working from morning till it got dark....they could handle it right?? Well, I did give them incentive. I told them they could earn a dollar per black trash bag that was filled. They were ready to go...mom doesn't offer money...well...hardly ever...! I was going to just let them pick it up one by one...but then I got raking...and raking...and raked several piles for them to work on.
I even picked up a trashcan full of poop. While I was out there, they were VERY productive. Once my back hurt so much I could cry, I told them that I had to go in, but that they needed to keep working and hurry to get it done to surprise daddy when he got home.
SO, the moral of the story is: If you want your kids to work...you have to make it a family affair...at least at my kids ages. Or maybe you just have to invest in shock collars with remotes so every time they stop you can zing em'...