Refusing to stick to division of chores
So my DH's ex decided that her Christmas break was starting early, without really consulting DH or me, and we've been stuck with a house full of kids since last week Friday. Fortunately I put my foot down and they didn't bring any friends (see my previous blog).
I did, however, insist on a fair division of chores because I'm still working. I drew up an Excel spreadsheet containing a duty roster and stuck it up on the fridge. So SK1 would clean the bathroom one day, SK2 would do dishes, my BS would do the yard, then they'd rotate the next day. My son would be subject to exactly the same chores that the stepkids are subject to. Because I'm still working, I also put cooking dinners on the list. Stepkids are 13 and 16, and my son is 17. I'm down for cooking sometimes, and so is DH.
This worked for exactly one day, with much grumbling from the 2 stepkid brats and after me telling them repeatedly. Sunday, not much happened by way of dishes or cleaning bathrooms, except for my son's doing his part.
I put my name down for cooking Friday, Saturday we went out for dinner, and Sunday it was supposed to be SS's turn to make dinner. Now note: SS16 plans to go and get trained as a chef after graduating from high school, and already has cookery as part of his subjects at school. I also made a point of buying simple ingredients - pasta, hamburgers etc - so that making something would not be too much of a challenge. Imagine my surprise when SS refused to cook yesterday, and that his sister also informed me she won't do so tonight, when it's her turn!
And DH's reaction when I turned to him? "They're too young to cook."
I'm not asking for a gourmet meal, but surely a 16 year old can do pasta? A 13-year-old can make sandwiches or a salad, surely? So tonight, if I don't see any dinner being made, and once again anything simple will do, I am planning to load BS in the car, go out for dinner, and refuse to bring any takeaway food or make anything at home.