I probably don't want to know..

(31 Posts)
njaw Thu 14-Feb-13 18:37:04

But I'm feeling sadistic and want to punish myself.

How much do your DC (particularly interested DC12-15) do around your home in the way of chores?

ivykaty44 Thu 14-Feb-13 18:40:28

If I beat with a big stick I guess I could squeeze out of them an unloading of the dishwasher or hoovering a room - the reality is you are not allowed to beat your teenagers...

so dd2 last night put everything out for breakfast and made her packed lunch shock

once I came home and she had cooked me dinner and made fairy cakes - along with washing up everything and cleaning the kitchen......

there was a catch, she wanted her belly button peirced - nah not happening so then she didn't talk to me for three days and sulked grin

they make there beds and there room is kept pretty tidy, I don't get to much out of them but if I need they sometimes help out at a push

mumblechum1 Thu 14-Feb-13 18:41:47

Bringing in the logs and coal every night.

If he's off school for summer and not doing any PT work he has to clean the kitchen.

Hassled Thu 14-Feb-13 18:46:12

Bugger all really. When I tell you we've had a major breakthrough with DS2 putting his own washing away you'll get the sort of ballpark we're in. He's been known to empty and then refill the dishwasher on the odd occasion.

bumpybecky Thu 14-Feb-13 18:51:02

dd1 is 14, dd2 is 12, also have dd3 8 and ds 5

they put their own laundry away (I suspect dd1 just dumps it all on the shelf in the wardrobe rather than hanging any, but not my problem). I sort it all on my bed and then they come and put their own stuff away

as well as that the older two

- help make their packed lunches (dh supervises and helps)

- will unload the dishwasher if I insist (but it's always the other one's turn)

- will pop to the shops to pick up odd bits we need (less than 2 mins walk away)

that's about it though

Startail Thu 14-Feb-13 18:54:46

I'm a SAHM so not a lot, however my 15 yo DD can cook and does willingly, sometimes for fun and sometimes if I'm ill or busy.

She is quite good at tidying for visitors and being helpful if asked.

She isn't bad at laundry.

Her 11 yo sister does preteen eye rolling and only does things if shouted at, given very dirty looks by DD1 or it's her friend thats visiting.

Startail Thu 14-Feb-13 18:57:04

DD2 will do packed lunch, because she hasn't time to queue and get to hockey club.

He does the basic minimum he can get away with, because he is nearly thirteen.

Sadly for him, my basic minimum involves pulling his weight and contributing to the household tasks.

This is what he does:
Keeps own room tidy and floor clear.
Puts own dirty laundry in basket and clean laundry away in wardrobe / drawers.
Puts own dirty dishes in dishwasher after meals.
Makes own breakfast and clears up afterwards.
Changes own sheets once a fortnight.
Cleans own rugby boots three times a week.
Cooks meal for whole family one evening a week.
Either washes saucepans or cleans surfaces & sweeps floor on all of his non-cooking days.

He does other jobs (mowing lawn, going to buy the paper, emptying the dishwasher, putting a load of laundry on) if asked, but wouldn't volunteer.

alemci Thu 14-Feb-13 19:12:42

well he sounds like a goodun.

My dd does nothing and her room is a tip. She is nearly 18. She does have a job one day a week but I can't wait for her to leave and go to university/gap year so I don't have the mess in the house. she will occasionally do a job but it so painful to get her to do anything that I have given up.

DS does the odd bit of washing up if asked and will strip bed

out2lunch Thu 14-Feb-13 19:18:11

Mine just walk the dog if I beg them to
Otherwise nothing

Ds is 13.5 and quite a good egg really. Here is what he does:

Tidies own room once a week
Puts own washing away when asked (sometimes hung, sometimes dumped on shelf in wardrobe)
Empties dishwasher every night
Helps lay and clear the table every night
Hoovers the whole house once a week
Walks the dog when asked
Takes bin and recycling to outside bins most evenings
Cooks a meal once a week (he enjoys this so asks to do it) and occasionally bakes a cake or biscuits

Oh yes, I forgot,

He also makes his, his dad's and his sister's sanwiches for the following day
Gets his own breakfast in the morning

Oooh, hoovering and recycling! <gets ideas to add to DCs lists>

Arf, there is a d in sandwiches!!

flow4 Thu 14-Feb-13 19:28:29

Both my DSes (13 and 17) look after their own rooms and do their own washing (and any rare ironing they want). They make their own breakfasts, lunches (if they're at home) and snacks - I do tea. They are expected to tidy up after themselves as they go along - wipe down cooker and surfaces after use, pick up towels after shower, put plates etc in dishwasher - but they need constant asking/reminding... They take turns laying the table and loading the dishwasher after meals. DS2 occasionally makes tea (DS1 used to do it more when he was younger, but will now only do it if I'm ill or desperate). Once in a blue moon, and/or when visitors are coming, we'll have a family cleaning session, and they're expected to co-operate smile DS1 will do other jobs for cash!

BackforGood Thu 14-Feb-13 19:29:43

ds - 16, dd1 - 14, dd2 - 11

are supposed to
cook evening meal each 1x a week
whoever's not cooking lays table and gets everyone something to drink
clears table after selves, putting stuff in dishwasher
empty dishwasher/put away on request (prob only once ot twice a week each)
put away clean washing
keep rooms tidy
if they want something to be ironed, then they iron it
help out occasionally when asked... maybe getting stuff out the tumble drier, or maybe emptying the bins from round the house on bin night, or maybe making me an dh a cuppa, etc.

In reality, all of their rooms are a tip, and washing often hangs about for an age before going away, but aside from that, they do as expected / hoped

BackforGood Thu 14-Feb-13 19:30:25

Oh yes, get own breakfasts, and I didn't count baking as a 'job' as they all like doing it.

MrsRochestersCat Thu 14-Feb-13 20:22:43

DD1 13, DD2 11

Change and wash their own bedding once a fortnight.
Put the bins out.
Do all the dusting and wash all the windows (they fight to do this!).
Do the washing up and drying (a hated job - never their own turn).
Set the table and get drinks.
Cook the odd meal (would do this more but I am a bit of a control freak).
Take it in turns to make all the packed lunches.
Put a load of washing on/ hang it out/ fold it in to piles.
DD1 will do the ironing if asked.
DD2 likes to make cakes (and will clean up afterwards if not distracted).

Frustratingly they don't do any of the following without much persuasion:
Hang their coats and bags up
Pick up their drawings/snippets of paper/fluffs of ribbon/books...
Put their washing piles away.
Tidy their rooms.
Pick up their wet towels.
Tidy their bed in the morning.
DD1 leaves packets and water bottles EVERYWHERE!! (Taking note from another thread I will be putting all such rubbish in her school bag from now on).

chocoluvva Thu 14-Feb-13 21:55:43

Wow - some of you should you should lend me your teens to set mine a good example...

Mine do their rooms.
Make their own snacks, breakfast and sometimes lunch at the weekends.
They chuck their damp towels on the floor beside the bathroom hmm.
During the holidays they're expected to do half an hour or one significant piece of housework every day.

landofsoapandglory Thu 14-Feb-13 22:03:11

Mine do quite a lot because I am disabled.

One always helps cook the dinner
They Hoover and mop the floor, usually every other day.
Keep their rooms tidy
Put laundry away
Load and unload dishwasher
Set table
Take the bin out/ bring it in
Mow the lawn if DH is not around
Wash the cars if DH is not around.
DS1 can drive and is insured on my car so runs errands, picks up prescriptions, pops out for milk etc.
Both make their own lunch and breakfast and tidy up the kitchen after themselves, in the holidays and weekends.
Peg the washing out bring it in, if they are at home.
DS2 likes to iron.

Toomuchtea Thu 14-Feb-13 22:09:55

DD does her own ironing - in fact anyone who wants ironing done has to do it themselves because I do not iron.
Puts own washing away, puts it out to be washed, though I do the actual washing.
Occasionally cooks, and generally washes up afterwards
Occasionally walks dog if I nag ferociously enough.
Is supposed to clean and tidy own room and occasionally does. I never touch it.
Does always hang up wet towels, and keeps her bathroom tidy, though rarely bothers to clean it and as I am OCD about bathrooms I admit I do crack and do it.
Occasionally lights the fire. Does shop.

DS is bone bloody idle, at home at any rate. Whilst away, keeps his own flat lovely, he does. When at home, lives in slovenly, piggy filth, unless his girlfriend is coming round in which case he tidies up.

Does however take dog for decent walks more or less willingly, and will dry up and wash up in a reasonably willing manner.

I admit I never have had the housework thing sussed. When they were younger, they used to do a chore a day. Once they hit puberty, they rebelled and as they were both so difficult in all other respects, housework became one of those battles I gave in on as I had more important ones to fight.

DeafLeopard Thu 14-Feb-13 22:12:40

14yo DS has autism so likes things ordered. He is also in the cadets where they are hot on being helpful and looking after themselves and their own things, and are all expected to pitch in and do chores there - can't praise them enough for the way they get them to do stuff grin

His room is therefore spotless, clean, tidy and organised, he puts dirty washing in laundry basket and puts his own washing away. If he makes himself something to eat then he cleans up after himself, puts stuff in dishwasher after he has used them. He also likes taking care of his cadet uniform so spends hours polishing boots and ironing his uniform as my slatternly efforts aren't good enough.

Whilst he wouldn't necessarily see that something needs doing and then do it, if I ask him to do something (put a load of washing on, empty dishwasher, put out recycling etc then he will do it) - that said I do give him the odd pound here and there for doing something willingly so he usually does stuff cheerfully as it means he may get a few quid for doing it.

Shallishanti Thu 14-Feb-13 22:14:19

ds is 17
he is supposed to get the milk in umprompted but never does
he has to lay the table every night
he has to clear up after dinner every night (with the help of a parent)
he will help with hoovering/tidying if we have a blitz (but he does it badly, due to dyspraxia)
he 'puts away' his own clothes- I don't police this
he irons his own shirts shock
will pop out to corner shop if asked
does half of all pet related tasks
will put washing on the rack if asked
puts out recycling
not too bad I suppose

BOF Thu 14-Feb-13 22:26:01

16 yr old dd does errands on request, but I don't insist if she is genuinely busy with something important, as she's an A Level student now, and has people to see, places to be...

I feel that it's more important to teach her independence and self-sufficiency, so although I don't often ask her to wash up or clean the bathroom etc, she has done her own laundry and ironing for a couple of years now, is responsible for her own room (which is a hovel, but that's beside the point: I don't have to deal with it), and she organises herself in terms of transport to activities, academic work etc. She also cooks her own meals, as the vegetarian of the house, and sometimes prepares stuff for her younger sister.

She is going away with the school tomorrow, and has organised her own packing, passport, buying of toiletries, snacks for the coach etc.

As I'm not out of the home working at the moment, I expect to pick up a lot of communal stuff, but she adds very little to the general load, IYSWIM, as she is pretty good at looking after herself. It might sound a bit 'detached', but I think she is fairly well-prepared for going to uni or whatever in a couple of years.

minicreamegg Thu 14-Feb-13 22:37:10

Mine is 14 -
keeps her room tidy, I don't go in her room so if her washing isn't in the basket it doesn't get washed.
Makes her breakfast
If I'm going out I'll say 'give the livingroom a wee tidy' so she'll put the toys away and sweep.
To be fair I don't expect her to do much but she will play with DS (11 months) so I get peace to tidy/clean/make dinner.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now