Thursday, May 28, 2015

How to Get Your Family to do Dishes, And Be HAPPY About It

The other day, the man and I sat in bed discussing life.  You know DISHES.  How to do them?  He felt like the kids should do the dishes, and he and I should go for a walk together.  That sounded really nice to me, but it also sounded like a recipe for contention.  I contended that we should work together, and do the dishes as we had been.  But, truth be told, I was mostly doing the dishes, and the kids were lending a hand (here and there), while the man was looking at me, shouldn't be doing all the dishes.

That wasn't really working either.  After much discussion and brainstorming, and some prayer, we found the answer.

The answer is this:  Are you excited?  Too excited?  You should be.

Okay, each night, a different person is in charge of coordinating the dishes for that evening.  What does that mean?  It means, they are the boss.  Usually, the boss is the one scrubbing dishes, but it can vary.  Anyway, the boss of the night hands out the assignments.  Clearing the table, sweeping the floor, wiping the table, putting away the leftovers, etc....  

Strangely, this method works like a charm.  No one complains, we all pitch in, we all work together, and I kid you not, it gets done in about 5 minutes.  And since we all have a turn to be the boss, no one feels picked on.  And, if someone feels like one person has it easy, on their day to be boss, they can remedy that.  But honestly, this has pretty much cured anyone of feeling like things are unfair.  We all work together, until it's complete.

Maybe the way you do dishes needs an overhaul?  Try this out, I'm pretty sure all your dreams will come true.

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