I don't know about other home makers but, I grow weary of doing all the dishes (we don't have an electric dishwasher) and cooking for a family of five. Hubby works six days a week most of the time lately so, means I get the bulk of the child care, child education, household, farm, finance, and book-keeping chores. After five years, it kinda grates a body down.
This past few weeks, I have been trying something new to give myself a break. One night a week, I have Saenz learn how to cook while Lisa washes dishes then the next night they swap. Sounds perfect to me because I usually wind up cooking or cleaning four nights a week.
On Sunday, hubby usually puts something on the grill and calls it bar-b-queing to which, I usually shake my head.
(To someone from Alabama 'Queing' doesn't happen on the grill ---- that is grilling. Nor is 'Queing' grilled meat with Hunts Sauce dumped on it as an after thought however, I digress.)
Tonight's dinner found Saenz in the hopper to learn how to make MEAT LOAF. Much to his chagrin; he found himself having put his hands into ground beef, egg, diced onions, spices and rolled oats to mix the ingrediants properly.
He said: "NO WAY AM I TOUCHING THAT!"
"Okay," I replied "just switch dishes with Lisa and she will cook."
"OH NO! I will mix the meat there are too many dishes," and in went his hands.
I guess it's all a matter of what the powerful incentives are for folks who don't want to take less desireable jobs, eh? Saenz's lessons tonight were not only learning how to cook, measure, keep track of time but, dealing with fine art of negotiating with momma.
Can you imagine if after 6 months of unemployment ran out; the state said. We will continue your unemployment if you Mr./Ms. Unemployed Citizen will volunteer twenty hours a week in a job that pays minimum wage. No one I have known drawing unemployment spends 40 active hours a week searching for a job.
NOT IN OUR AREA, to attain benefits persons only need to make 2 bi-weekly employer contacts. -- AGAIN I digress just don't get me started on unemployment benefits over six months.
This is just a case of teaching the children in our home about personal responsibility. I guess for myself, I want more from my children as humans and later as adults. Saenz (12) and Lisa (19) need to be taught how to take care of themselves and in turn -- others.
Here is the final thought:
Just being in a family is a job because everyone has to work together.