We pretty much run a four day school week here. Fridays are used for cleaning the house, finishing undone work, homeschool group activities, and fun. I got everyone cracking this morning with the admonition to keep busy until they were finished--daily jobs, weekly jobs, and clean rooms. Only then could they take a break. Owen asked if he could turn on some music. I consented but turned it off after about ten minutes and three orders for children to stop dancing and singing and get back to work.
Then I saw Shane (13) just lounging in the computer chair.
"What are you doing!?" I asked.
"I have to wait for Bryce," he answered.
I asked what he was waiting for and he said he was waiting for Bryce to finish sweeping the dining room.
"What does that have to do with you?" I countered.
He was ready for me, "I have to mop and I can't do it until he's done sweeping."
He was so sure he had me until I asked, "Do you have the mop bucket filled and ready to go?"
He slowly got up shaking his head and concluded, "You always come up with something."
Yep, it's my job, and after 20+ years I think I'm getting it down.