Am I asking too much?
SD14 and SS 13 think we're using them as slaves They think it's summer and at BM's they get to stay up all night and sleep all day with no responsibility. Well that's fine since BM's new "wife" (cringe everytime I say that) waits on them hand and foot. We expect them to be in bed on weekdays at 11pm. They are to be up by 9:30 to let dogs out. They have to do the following each day before noon so they can go to the pool, hang with friends, etc:
Let the dogs out
Feed the dogs & cats
load/unload the dishwasher
straighten the kitchen,living room and bath
Walk both dogs
Weekly they each take a room of their choosing and clean it, to include moping, dusting, etc., and do yard work with their father and me. I take whatever room they don't want. They are responsible for their own rooms and don't clean up after their Father or me.
My house isn't dirty and this isn't heavy cleaning we're talking about, it's maintenance cleaning. There are two of them and it should take 30 minutes to do their half and another 15 minutes to walk the dogs. That's 45 minutes of chores a day. Once a week they have to do an hour+ worth, but they have minimal chores on the weekends when we don't work. We also cover their chores when they are away at friends houses etc.
We provide internet, Satellite in their bedrooms, cellphones, spending money, a pool pass, etc. They now think they should get paid or go on strike. I told them if they did that I'd feed them milk, applesauce and PBJ at every meal and unsweetened generic cereal for breakfast, take all of their electronics and banish them to their rooms.