Chores mopping

My kids are lazy. But then again, hasn’t every generation in the history of the world thought their kids were lazy?

Come to think of it, I wasn’t exactly a go-getter, productive machine at their age either. And while I’m being honest, I like to let them have lazy days. Isn’t that what being a kid is all about? The demands of adulthood will come soon enough.

But there is a bare minimum I must hold my kids (and myself) to when it comes to doing chores. After all, I’m raising boys. I don’t want them to grow up thinking house chores are somebody else’s problem.

So my boys have daily chores they do (most days). Things like scoop out the litter box, carry laundry to the laundry room or practice their instruments. But they also have one glorious job to do that has changed my life. I feel like there should be a giant drum roll here because it’s just that amazing.

It’s called “the Mom job.”

Every day, when it’s time to do their chores, they ask me what their “mom job” is. Then I get to look around the house and think of the one thing I don’t have time for (or don’t want to do) and that is their mom job.

It’s like being granted two free wishes each and every day.

Seriously, if your kids are little, start them young. Get them in the mom-job mentality because they get way more productive as they get older, and it’s glorious!

I’m not saying I turn my kids into my own personal slaves. I’m just asking them to unload and/or load the dishwasher or pick up the coat closet. Not monumental tasks. But, as a mom, it’s those simple jobs that can zap the time right out of your day. It’s also those little things that can take your house from looking like a cyclone just went through to a slightly more respectable state.

The beauty of the mom job is that it can be whatever you need it to be.

Some days I look at my kids and see they’ve had enough. They are as exhausted as I am with guitar, piano, soccer, baseball, track or whatever of the thousand other things they are doing. On those days, their mom job is to give me a hug. Or go outside and play. Something I know will give them that little boost they need to keep going.

What makes the mom job great is that it can bend and change to fit whatever our family needs on that specific day. It’s been a wonderful tool to help make sure we’re all pitching in to do our part around the house.

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Jenni DeWitt is married and has two sons, the youngest of whom battled childhood leukemia — and won. Jenni writes weekly for Momaha.com. She is the author of “Forty Days” and “Why Won’t God Talk to Me?” You can read more about Jenni here.

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