Last night, one of our big kids had kitchen duty after dinner. Wash dishes, clean kitchen. Simple.
Sometimes, when they don’t do a good job of cleaning up, I’ll gently point it out. But when it happens a lot, I begin to sound like a nag. It’s a crummy position to be in, as every parent knows.
It happened again tonight, when my child “cleaned the kitchen” and then climbed into bed to read. But the kitchen wasn’t clean.
Enter technology! Frustrated with this cycle, I took a few pictures of the cluttered counter and the remaining straggle of items in the sink, and I emailed them to my child, for them to find tomorrow whenever they check their email. Here’s what I said.
Thanks for doing the dishes. I just wanted to show you the few things that were still left out so you’d know to clean up a little more thoroughly next time.
If you ever need help with something like the croc pot, by all means come and get me. I love to help! 🙂 But everything should be clean before you’re done from now on.
Thank you! I appreciate you and figured you’d want me to clarify our expectations. You the bomb. – dad
We’ll see if it makes a difference for next time (I’ll report back next week). Anyone else have experience with parenting via technology? I’d love to know what’s worked for you – and what hasn’t!