So, not that this idea is Einstein-level genius, but it's enabled me to have fun, relaxed weekends with the family: WE DON'T DO CHORES. I just finish up stuff the best I can on weekdays after the kids go to sleep, even if it means tossing in a load of laundry at midnight. This way, we get to have our weekends all to ourselves.
Max's idea of weekend fun: Beer, and lots of it. Don't be alarmed, we didn't let him drink till he was 5.
Sabrina's idea of weekend fun: Wear Mommy's '80s headband from high school and get pushover Daddy to buy the biggest chocolate cupcake in the whole wide world.
I started no-chore weekends before we had kids. I figured, I work my ass off during the weekdays, what's the big deal with staying up a couple more hours to get stuff done? (I also happen to be a night owl, if you couldn't tell from the occasional post-midnight post like this one). Obviously, sometimes we have to run to the dry cleaner's or pick up something at the supermarket. And sometimes, I can't get it all done during the weekdays—but unless it's dire, I save it till Monday. For now, we remain duty-free on weekends.
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