Jess, one of my blog readers asked me for an update on my post declaring that I'd be starting daily chores with my kids.
The whole thing basically bombed out. I have no schedule for chores for the kids. I have no schedule for the family to do housecleaning, decluttering or laundry on certain days.
I do have the lessons laid out for the days when we do homeschooling. I basically try to do all the subjects on all the days we do our lessons. Some of our days are spent doing outside classes or doing other things in the real world.
My kids are helping out a lot more and not complaining when my husband or I asks them to do things. They are still helping empty the dishwasher, bringing dirty clothes to the laundry room, hauling clean clothes upstairs for me to fold, and putting away their own folded clothing. They are still helping me clean the house such as dusting, vaccuuming, using the Swiffer, and cleaning the bathrooms with non-harmful cleansers.
I have been pretty good about trying to stay on top of things and not letting the house get to a very over-cluttered state. I'm trying to have us do the cleaning and decluttering on a more frequent basis which actually makes the work takes less time to accomplish.
The last thing I'll say is that I had both kids and myself re-take the learning styles test in "Discover Your Child's Learning Style" and all three of us came out with a horriblly low score in the area of liking schedules and we all scored high with wanting and liking spontaneity. That result gave me a real laugh and made me feel better about what seems to be a failure on my part to make a schedule and keep to it.