As a result, she whines and complains during the work, overdoes the play, and still expects the reward.
Yesterday, I decided to "under promise and over deliver" by telling her it was work all day, maybe a break if she was lucky, no play, no reward, just shape up.
Of course, she had her fit, but then as we launched into the chores an amazing thing happened - she helped, and didn't whine. And when I gave her a break, she was grateful.
And then when we put together a fruit salad for dinner as a reward, she was ecstatic.
And the work that got done? Tons.
- Messy coat closet replaced with organized game closet.
- Bathroom super cleaned
- Living area cleaned
- Three loads of dishes
- Plastic fish hung in girl's room
- Guest room cleaned
- Nice dinner made, with Anna as assistant Chef