I have told you before that Hazel and CC do chores around our home. One thing I haven't mentioned is that we call the chores "Working in moms factory" And that the girls beg to work in my factory. (How long will that last?)
Here are some of the favorite chores they can do, I give them a spray bottle with soap in it and tell them to scrub and clean all the chairs and the table, or spray all the fingerprints in doorways, vacuum, sweep, clean all the doorknobs, pick up, put away, wash not very dirty pots or unload parts of the dishwasher. I try to give them good rewards for these, cheer them on and show them where else to clean.The last thing I say before I cut them loose is, "after you are done I will come check your work." Oh man, it gives me at least a good 20 mins on my own. Blissful.
So working in my factory is different than making your bed or cleaning your room, those are personal chores, factory work improves the family. With personal chores, I just ask it to be done and you don't come out until it's finished. When I was a kid, it took me hours to clean or do one chore. Now I tell the girls, "just get in, do it and you can go play." My mom used to say it to me and I never figured it out either.
I ask Hazel and CC to clean their own room. Sometimes it takes them all day, they dillydally around in there for hours, coming out to go to the bathroom and tell me they are hungry, I usually send bowls of snacks in to the natives and let them continue with their non-existent cleaning. Those are the days that I see great and imaginative things coming out of their minds. In the end, I push and push and they get it cleaned up in no time flat, but it took them all day to get there.