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Unread 07-05-2010, 11:43 AM
Idea for help around the house after

My surgery is the 21st, and I am madly trying to get everything ready around the house. I have been very worried about how things will get done when I am down afterward. I think I have hit upon an idea. I do a lot around here, but I have 3 boys and a husband who are perfectly capable of helping out more. All of them work better when I give them specific directions of things that need to be done. I am going to print out a weekly chore list. The one I am using is from Motivated Moms, but any would work. I am going to assign each person, including my husband, jobs off of the list that need to be done. I will then be the manager and check them off when they are done. I am going to come up with some kind of way for the kids to earn something for helping out above and beyond, but I am also hoping this continues into a regular household routine even after I am up and able to take over some of the jobs.

I am guessing this is a concern for many here, so I thought I'd share this idea. I would also welcome any advice about things that have worked for others.

Off to more cleaning!
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Unread 07-05-2010, 01:25 PM
Re: Idea for help around the house after

Hi, Alli.

I love your idea about the chore list. My 17-year-old niece will be staying in my home to take care of my cats while I'm in the hospital, and she has Aspergers Syndrome (mild form of autism). She's high-functioning, but has never stayed alone before and is really looking forward to it. I am going to make her a check off to-do list. I also think I'm going to have her come over before my surgery to take care of the house on her own for a day or 2, just as a dry-run.

I'm also scheduled for 7-21, so am probably in the same stage of cleaning/preparing as you. Good luck and congratulations. I can't wait until that happy day!!!
Unread 07-05-2010, 10:39 PM
Re: Idea for help around the house after

I think it's a wonderful idea! It can be very satisfying to check off a to-do list.

I can say that I was pleasantly surprised by my 11 year old son. He really stepped up to help, even when I didn't ask. He would help make lunch for his younger sister, helped pick up the house, and helped keep an eye on me to make sure I didn't over-do it during recovery.

Uterno, my son also has Aspergers and lists are a big help, in every day life. We have a morning list that we follow every day to get started on the right foot. I bet your niece will love your lists and do an awesome job taking care of the cats.

Good luck to the both of you!
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Unread 07-05-2010, 10:46 PM
Re: Idea for help around the house after

I did start on making chore lists - never did finish!

However, the best thing I did was schedule the surgery when adult daughter could help as much as possible. DH is overwhelmed with responsibilities on his side of the family right now. I also knew that DD was perfectly capable of doing anything I could do.
Unread 07-06-2010, 09:20 AM
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I kept a small basket with me at all times. It held my cellphone, iPod, medications--and M&M's! When one of the kids would do something for me quickly and without complaining, I would provide a reward of a small handful of candy. It worked!

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