Children’s chores list sparks debate as no one can agree if it’s harsh or ‘brilliant’
This week officially stands as the end of term for many – but more importantly, the start of the school holidays.
School children and college students alike are prepped to indulge in six weeks’ worth of summer activities – and inevitably enjoy the current scorching heatwave.
Whilst the kids are excited to put their feet up, put away their homework, and enjoy the blazing sunshine – some parents may argue that they want to keep them grounded.
Mum-of-four Gemma Parry did just that – as she revealed her ‘summer holiday rules’ and children’s chores on parenting Facebook group – Family Lockdown Tips and Ideas.
Whilst a lot of youngsters across the glove tend to have chores around the house, the mum from Wales sparked debate among online users – who can’t agree whether her rules are “brilliant” or a little harsh.
After deciding that she’s “worked too hard”, the mum set out an intricate list of chores – where her children will work and eventually receive rewards.
“Decided I’ve worked too hard to spend my four weeks off picking up after my kids everyday so we have agreed on some ‘Summer Holiday Rules’ today,” she explained.
“I’ve also set up our big above ground pool as an incentive.”
The weekday schedule sets out the chores for her children – Charlie, Darcie, Macie, Esmay – and some that even include all four youngsters.
Everyday chores consist of making the bed, opening the curtains and blinds, putting the washing in the basket, putting rubbish in the bin, and even tidying the desk.
Whereas, chores on specific days of the week include sorting the recycling, making lunch, and even washing up afterwards.
However, whilst there are no designated rules set from Friday-Sunday, Gemma’s four children must help their parents “when asked – first time of asking”.
If the children are to steer away from these rules, the mum has stated that consequences will include “no pool and no fun”.
In addition, Gemma noted on the board: “Wi-Fi password will be changed daily until all jobs are complete.”
Whilst the hard-working mum justified her reasoning for the lengthy list of chores – not everyone agreed with her harsh technique.
“I’d really advise you to make most of the summer holidays with the family while you get them,” one user penned.
“One of the hardest parts when you qualify is the work life balance, and something I say a lot is that I miss my children.”
“Kids holidays are fun filled days making memories for me!” Another added.
“My boys will be asked to tidy up themselves and keep their room clean that’s about it.”
However, others came to Gemma’s defence – as they believed the idea was “brilliant” and were keen to try out the ideas on their own children.
“You’ve given me a GREAT idea! I do all my boys to help but they don’t have set chores,” one user penned.
“They have things that they need to do before they’re allowed on their games (usually things like, make sure their uniform is ready for the next day and they’ve tidied their rooms).
“I’ll be doing a list tonight,” they added.
“Well done mum on sharing the jobs, so everyone has a rest, but helps out too,” another commented.
A third wrote: “Brilliant, love it Gemma. You were always organised at the cottage.”
“I’m all for kids helping a little around the house, it’s their home too, but to say you’ve worked too hard to spend summer cleaning, I’m sure the children have too?” A fifth added.
“And ‘no jobs no fun’ – maybe it needs softening up a little. Kids aren’t kids for long.’ wrote another.”