Okay... first day here... first question... of what I'm sure will be many.
I'd like to preface this with saying that I do have two good kids... good grades, polite, kind, etc.
They cannot - or will not - or don't care if... remember to do their chores!!! I started working outside the home 5 months ago - they had me at home for 7 years working from home. Now they are home alone for 2 hours after school. It's a small town - good neighbors - they are perfectly safe. All I ask them to do in those 2 hours is - in order - have a snack, do homework, feed & water the cats & dog, and clean out the dishwasher. They have no problem with the homework or snack, but then they go straight to the "playroom" and watch TV, play on the computer, play on the WII, etc. It's driving me NUTS.
Any suggestions? I feel like I'm raising irresponsible kids. I don't just want them to do it - I want them to understand why it's important to fulfill your obligations, and that if you don't - there will be consequences. I've told them this - explained that if I don't do my job I'll get fired. They know that if they don't do well in school they won't be able to get into college - grades are important to them. They just don't get the chores..
Any ideas would be appreciated!!