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March 24th, 2012, 11:15 PM
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How old is your teen(s) and what chores are they responsible for?

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March 24th, 2012, 11:56 PM
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All my kids are responsible for their own bedrooms.

Other than that its a "if you see it, clean it" type view.
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March 25th, 2012, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by cybele View Post
All my kids are responsible for their own bedrooms.

Other than that its a "if you see it, clean it" type view.
I wish that would work, but it doesn't seem to (clean as you see it). He'll literally leave trash overflowing onto the floor. We have a dishwasher, but he doesn't put his dishes in after himself or even rinse them out before tossing them in the sink. It's driving me a little crazy!

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March 25th, 2012, 04:01 AM
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It did get our of hand once, so I went full on with the "everyone has chores" thing. Really full on to the extreme bordering on obsessive compulsive, it took one week of me nagging and constantly pushing these ridiculous over the top chores for everyone to appreciate the other method. Now everytime it gets a little slack I ponder out loud whether we should go back to set chores, and the cleaning magically gets done.
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March 25th, 2012, 05:19 AM
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Own rooms and I check them every week, anything on the floor that shouldn't be will get trashed!
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March 25th, 2012, 08:14 AM
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my son is 13 and I also have a 9 y/o daughter. We do not have any set chores. We do what I call chores on demand. If I tell them to do something, they do it. they do get an allowance that is a set amount, but if they haven't been helping out or give me too much grief over it (my 9 y/o tends to do this) we don't give them the full amount.
Their rooms are all on them and I only speak up when they get out of control

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March 26th, 2012, 08:32 AM
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15, 7 I clean the house only on Sunday then they have to keep it clean, I usually do laundry (they fold and put away their own), they are responsible for room, thier bathroom, their own dishes, once a week refridge etc.

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March 27th, 2012, 09:52 PM
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We have a family cleaning calendar because it's the only way we can function. We've tried other methods but we all end up getting overwhelmed and arguing with each other instead of just getting things done and then the house is a constant mess.

Each of the girls is responsible for their own bedroom, shared bathroom, laundry and dishes. They have set days when they do each chore except for dishes which are done after every meal. Then between them we have a rotating schedule for pet care and cleaning of one other room in the house. I also expect the older girls to help Ellie with her chores. (but she still has to carry her weight)

I honestly don't consider myself a neat freak. I don't expect the house to pass a "white glove test" or anything. The house is definitely lived in. The girls can usually finish their chores in about 10 - 30 minutes depending on the day.

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March 30th, 2012, 05:09 PM
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I wish the "if you see it, clean it" worked here.

The kids are responsible for cleaning their bedrooms, bathrooms & toy areas.

Other than that we have set chores that get rotated weekly, otherwise someone gets bored and/or "forgets" to do it and there's an argument that ensues, and I hate that. lol
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