Many weekends go the same. I step out of bed and walk downstairs, half asleep. As soon as my foot hits the last stair, I’m really in for it. My mom, sitting in her recliner, spots me and is already reading me a book of chores. I ignore her, but am still frustrated. At these times of dread, my little tricks come in handy.
The first technique that I use to shirk my chores (I think this works the best) is saying I have a lot of homework to do. If you don’t actually have any homework, just simply pretend you are doing something productive. This last part can also double for getting out of doing your homework during class. (But shhh! Don’t tell!)
This next one can take some planning before being put into action. The first challenge you want to accomplish is make sure the coast is clear, this meaning that no one is in or anywhere near the kitchen when you run from your room to seize some food. You are doing this because when you hideout in your room all day, you don’t want to become hungry. Chances are, your parents will forget about you, but if they don’t, that’s where plan one comes into play.
Once in a while, you just have to do what your parents are asking. You can’t escape all of your chores with these excuses, because they will surely become suspicious sooner or later.
So, you do have to help your parents out more often than not. Don’t put all the stress of chores on their shoulders, because you know, most of our parents are getting up there (in age, I mean) and it just wouldn’t be fair to them. Just use these basic guidelines (not too many times!) or even make up your own to spice it up a little bit. Whichever way you choose to get out of doing your chores, I’m sure you’ll pull it off.
Here’s a small collection of ideas if the other two methods somehow fail:
1. Distract your parent with a game, or anything, really that will get their mind off what they were instructing you to do earlier.
2. If you are a girl reading this, (or a boy, but that’d be a bit concerning) you could paint your nails and tell your parent that you can’t do the chore with freshly painted nails. Keep putting coats on so that it takes forever to dry.
3. After you have been told to do something, simply say, “Okay,” and go take a shower to avoid it.
4. Pretend you don’t know how to do the chore and ask them how to do it. Say that you’ll only mess it up. If you’re lucky, they’ll end up doing the chore while teaching you how to do it!
Here is one idea I found on the internet to conclude my blog: If you are ever asked to clean the kitchen, use this amusing excuse: “Ever since appearing on TLC’s “My Strange Addictions: I Eat Paper Towels,”my therapist continues to remind me to stay away from all household paper products. She thinks Brawny could be a gateway towel if I’m not careful!”