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Out of the mouths of babes


I teach a Year 2 class (7 – 9 yr olds). Obviously with a passion for writing I’m always driving them in that direction too. Today I settled my class down to have a chat about what a great recount includes.

We talked about the sequence, verb tense, interesting sentences, time phrases etc. They are just learning about incorporating paragraphs so we draw pictures as a planner for the paragraphs. As I was planning on doing a joint construction with them I began sketching out my Sunday, speaking as I drew to let them ‘hear’ my thoughts.  I started drawing the day setting, using descriptive words about the blue sky, the sun, the feel of being outside. We talked about how that was paragraph one.

recountThen I started on the next drawing. I was drawing and again letting them ‘hear ‘my thoughts. I began drawing my broom and duster and was saying things like…” Mr Mac and I unpacked the dishwasher, we dusted and swept”.  I asked the children what I could call that activity. Someone suggested housework and I noticed another boy with his hand up. Asking him what he thought he said, “You shouldn’t be doing housework on a weekend, that’s time for you and Mr Mac and your kids to have fun”. I’m guessing his family has the right attitude to housework!

Weekends have become the time to do the housework in my home and has been the case for about 15 years. It’s an endless juggle of time. It’s either that or late into the night during the week. I have been trying to get into a bit of a routine lately of doing it a little every night but in the last few weeks with extra work related workload weekends are the only time to catch up. Obviously the load is much less now my kids are grown up.

Funnily enough, this afternoon while sneaking a peek on Facebook (always have time for that!! ) I saw a local morning television show Sunrise apparently had a segment on this topic this morning. Maybe my student’s family had been watching this show?? It said families only have 36 minutes quality time each day left after all the workloads.


Click on the button if you want to watch the segment (its about 2:10 mins into the segment)

But does housework have to impact on family time just because it’s done on the weekend? When my kids were young we were fortunate enough for me to stay home then my husband stayed home when I went back to work. Obviously it wasn’t an issue then. But when we both went back to work the housework still needed to be done. We were happy to adapt the minimalistic approach to ensure more time together. Those jobs that just had to be done became incorporated into family time as well, a trip to the supermarket together, kids playing around the clothes line as washing was hung out etc. We still made time for the sport run, the party rounds, the picnics, the holidays but I guess our kids grew up more used to a bit of dust and but with a  lot of family time. I know I remember my weekends for the fun they were and my kids still talk about theirs too.

What about your family and the housework regime? How does your jigsaw fit together?


Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

8 thoughts on “Out of the mouths of babes

  1. When I was younger, weekends were for housework. Saturday mornings were spent cleaning the house together. If we got it all done then mum would pull out board games and we’d play for the afternoon. I don’t remember a lot of family time from my childhood. I do remember learning to iron, cooking dinner, doing the washing in the bathtub (because our twin tub broke down), painting the back verandah etc etc.
    I try not to do housework these days lol

  2. When my kids were younger and I didn’t work I was able to keep up with all the housework but these days with work, and life and my writing the housework has taken kind of a step back. Oh well I never really wanted to live in a display home, my home is full of noise, and animals and love just the way I like it.

  3. I was a single parent during the years of my son’s childhood so Saturday mornings were all about housework. Things like the trips to the grocery store were during the work week in the evening. Saturday afternoons and evenings, and all of Sunday were geared for time together. Every once in a while one of the trips to a store other than the grocery store crept into our together time but usually was enjoyable.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂 I actually believe housework and time together don’t need to be mutually exclusive. My earliest fondest memories of childhood were grocery shopping in the school holidays ( it was a thing my mum and nan did every Friday even during holidays) . My sisters and I would vie to be on my Nan’s trolley as she let us stand on the front and toss the cans in willy nilly . Mum always said standing on the trolley front was dangerous. Then we would all have lunch out before heading home with the groceries.

  4. I used to do my housework on a Sunday morning, but these days it’s more piecemeal fitted in around all the other stuff I have to do. I despise housework! Also, how awesome are 7/8/9 year olds, mine crack me up all the time!

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