Over the past 7 months of me being pregnant the kids have had to take up more slack around the house. They do the dishes most nights while I do some of the other things that need to get done and they also do other chores that are room and board required! Believe me when I say it doesn't come without much complaining and arguing over whose turn it is to rinse and load...or any other thing they can possibly have a disagreement over! :)
There have been some days I want to pull my hair out because the bickering over chores either with me or with each other will not subside and it is much more tempting to just do it myself! BUT one day I woke up to dishes being done at around 6:45 a.m. I looked next to me to see that Tys was still in bed! I got up to see CHAD doing the previous nights dinner dishes! Then he picked up the living room and asked me what else he could do. Then he had some Wii time. This went on for the next week (our last week of Christmas Break) and eventually I found out he was doing it to get Wii time or other time with either computer, movies or friends. Maybe our constant trying to drill in our kids heads "Work before play" has finally sunk into someone or maybe it's just that he finally realizes if he does something that makes us happy he gets something he wants and likes in return! :) Either way...no complaints from me!
He still asks what needs to be done when he comes home from school (periodically) and without expectations now! He is more willing to do what needs to be done...with the occasional eye roll and murmuring under his breath, but Hey I will take what I can get!