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What sort of reaction do you get when you ask your preteen to do a little job around the house?

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sicily1921 Sat 28-Dec-13 17:47:50

I get the sighs (like a force 10 gale), the moans, the eye rolling, the whiny voice, the stomping about, the slamming of hands, it goes on and on....but apart from that DD 11yrs does everything very willingly.


sicily1921 Sat 28-Dec-13 17:49:17

Oh, and don't forget the old classic phrase 'why always me'?

Sparklingbrook Sat 28-Dec-13 17:50:50

Exactly that. 'Why me?' 'Why can't DS1 do it?'. Huffing, puffing, moaning. hmm

dementedma Sat 28-Dec-13 17:51:38

The pre-teen is fine. He's quite a helpful soul. But the teens!
All of the above!

Oakmaiden Sat 28-Dec-13 17:54:17

"Oh, I have to do everything" stomp, stomp stomp

MrsCakesPremonition Sat 28-Dec-13 17:57:06

she either walks away and pretends not to hear me, or she does the eye rolling thing, or she screams at me that I might as well kill her as she is obviously a terrible person. never just does it, although she occasionally surprises me by doing something without being asked.

LastingLight Sat 28-Dec-13 18:14:19

It depends. If DD (11) is tired or stressed I get the whining, "I hate folding laundry", "I work like a slave in this house" etc. Otherwise she is quite amenable and will do what I ask with a reasonably good attitude.

17leftfeet Sat 28-Dec-13 18:15:52

If I give mine a 10 minute warning that I want her to do something then she will, if I want her to do it now I get

'Its not my mess'
'Why do I have to do it'
'I do everything in this house'
'Dd2 isn't doing anything'
'Im busy'
'You're not doing anything, why don't you do it'
'You only had kids so you don't have to do anything'
'I hate my life'

Shellywelly1973 Sat 28-Dec-13 18:17:22

All of the above!! Lazy little git!

Earlybird Sat 28-Dec-13 18:18:04

Usually is willing if I am 'working' at the time I ask for her help. However, if I am watching telly or relaxing, she definitely feels hard done by.

She is mostly OK if I remind her about regular jobs that are her responsibility. If I ask for something 'extra' - especially if it is something that must be done right at that moment (i.e., interrupts her current activity), then she can be a bit grumpy.

But mostly, she is willing and helpful.

footballsgalore Sat 28-Dec-13 18:20:23

Have you lot kidnapped my DS?
I get 'but its not my job'

Earlybird Sat 28-Dec-13 18:25:45

<EB wonders if dd's willingness to help around the house is because she's actually not asked to do very much>

Upon further reflection, dd's unhappiness at being asked to do some things can take on a slightly passive-aggressive angle: if it is something she doesn't want to do, she usually does it badly/sloppily (perhaps hoping she won't be asked to do it again?). Prime example: shoves clean folded clothes into her dresser drawers in such a haphazard way that I wonder why I bothered to fold them to begin with.......

MoreThanChristmasCrackers Sat 28-Dec-13 18:29:03

They don't moan anymore, they used to do all of the above.
Then I went on strike and stopped doing everything that wasn't directly beneficial to me.
They do it without fuss now, it took about 2 weeks and the house as you can imagine was a complete mess.

LastingLight Sat 28-Dec-13 18:29:49

Oh, and I typed up a long list of reasons why she has to help with (really quite few) chores, as well of lists of the things that DH and I do around the house and specifically for her. It's taped to her door. When the whinging starts I refer her to the list...

moldingsunbeams Sat 28-Dec-13 18:31:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

footballsgalore Sat 28-Dec-13 18:39:55

I wonder who is worse. Kids who do very little and aren't really used to mucking in, or kids who do several regular chores and maybe already feel they pull their weight?

willyoulistentome Sat 28-Dec-13 18:41:56

Tell us more.!!!! I like your style.

TheCrackFox Sat 28-Dec-13 18:50:53

All of the above and more.

He must do a full half hour of chores a week and apparently this is on par with slavery.

Ledkr Sat 28-Dec-13 18:51:01

God I'm glad it's not just mine, I thought I'd raised a monster.
If its a job in the house it's "its not my mess/cup etc.
I suggest maybe we only do things for ourselves which means she won't eat, have clean clothes or be ferried about to her numerous activities.
Putting her own washing away is the worst thing or picking up her own crap, she will put it off fir days then have a meltdown when I eventually insist.
I'm pretty fed up with it tbh.

TheCrackFox Sat 28-Dec-13 18:59:32

I'm fed up as well but because I have 2 boys I feel duty bound to any future DILs to produce men that do their fair share of housework.

SirChenjin Sat 28-Dec-13 19:01:58

I get all of the above from my teens too - I have to threaten no money/lifts/friends over etc to get them to chores round the house.

Don't forget, we chose to have children, they didn't ask to be born, and for that reason it's up to us to keep them happy, which involves not lifting a finger. Apparently.


NigellasDealer Sat 28-Dec-13 19:05:15

mine are not pre-teens, they are teens, but if i ask the daughter to do ANYTHING eg shut the door, pick up that cup please, take your clothes upstairs....she starts screaming IN A MINUTE I WILL DO IT IN A MINUTE GO AWAY!!!
while my son on the other hand does things with a minimum of huffing and puffing and will even make me a cup of tea! aww mummy's boy!

TheCrackFox Sat 28-Dec-13 19:10:35

Ah, yes, the old "you chose to have children" statement. I always reply with "if you want, I could choose to spend all my wages on myself if you like". Soon shuts their materialistic gobs right up.

SirChenjin Sat 28-Dec-13 19:45:04

I tell them that actually, I didn't choose to have them - they were left on our doorstep and I can't find their real parents to give them back to.

Skogkatter Sat 28-Dec-13 20:07:49

I once went on a chore strike.

The house stayed pretty much the same- in fact, it might have got tidier! They still moan about chores too hmm

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