I am pretty good at gauging*** my kids reactions to situations; I usually can tell how they are going to react before they do. I guess it is a Mom thing - heck I have been doing this for 21 years now :)
Yesterday my Mommy intuition failed. Hard. But it's a good thing. :)
The kids have certain chores they have to do each week. Nothing extraordinary - clean the kitchen, their own bathroom, their rooms, etc. But they argue all the time about who's turn it is to kitchen or who did the bathroom last. It drives Pooldad and me bananas.
Last night was the final straw. I didn't want to hear it anymore, so I sat down at the computer and wrote up a very, very detailed chore list and being that I was little bit peeved I decided to add on additional chores that they don't usually do, but need to be done [i.e. yard work, closet organization]. I printed them up on pretty paper and handed them to the girls. They could see their schedule and the other's on one page. I told them to go study them and then their father and I would talk to them.
We figured they would start in immediately whining about the extra chores or the fact that one has the bathroom permanently and the other has more kitchen duty. Something, y'know? It is a chore list after all.
We called them down to discuss it and we braced for the barrage of complaints to begin.
Imagine our surprise when the girls walked in smiling! They both came up to me, gave me a kiss and said "Thanks Mom. This is so great! We always wanted a list like this."