We have a busy house. Which, I believe, is better than having an idle house... The Bible says somewhere that where there are no oxen the manger is clean. Better oxen and a dirty manger than no oxen and a clean one. Better a house full of kids and mess than an empty one and spotless walls. And I agree.
However, we are hoping to raise kids who love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and who love their neighbors as themselves, and I am quite sure that keeping the house running smoothly and in a reasonable state of decor is covered somewhere under one of those two headings.
So we are having a house meeting tonight of all those big enough to still be up at 8:45 PM. We are planning to sit down and put names to a job list which rotates on a monthly schedule. We have been operating on a weekly schedule, and there is no end to the work for Val in searching out whose job is whose, because of course the kids can't remember THAT...
I figure that if it is one persons responsibility to do the laundry for a month, they may be able to last for a week and still be able to play dumb, but the problem will soon be choking everyone. By the time everyone in the house knows who is supposed to be on the job, the slacker will still have three weeks of labors in that particular field before it falls to someone else. This will give them an opportunity to become proficient at the task as well, which only bodes well for the future.
I am hoping for great things.