Well, it took over twelve years of having children present, but we've finally found a system.
Here it is:
- The kids should set the table the same way, whether it is for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- Each child has a duty, and is responsible for only that duty.
- Everyone clears the table.
How easy is that? Pretty easy, but those three components of the system aren't enough for the kids, obviously. They need concrete details. And so I gave them a few more regulations.
- Set a bowl and plate every time, even if they aren't sure they'll use them.
- Set a knife, a fork, and a spoon every time.
And as for the actual duties? Well here they are:
- Zoe takes care of silverware.
- Talia places napkins and drinks at each setting.
- Aaron gets the plates and bowls.
- Melina takes care of the extras, such as salt and pepper, or ketchup, or taking over a shared vegetable. (Tim says, "Melina takes care of the accessories." Of course she does.)
Table setting may not be a problem in your household, and I'm hoping that from here on out, it isn't in mine. Now, we can go back to much more important items, such as figuring out a system for folding and distributing clothes, or, even better, picking up the dog doo.