I love this blog and this post is one worthy of sharing. This, my friends, is the philosophy I have taken with the kids. It's hard but seeing them increase their personal responsibility level is worth it.
I didn't go this route, at first, for any other reason than pure exhaustion on my part of trying to juggle everyone's responsibilities as if they were my own. One day it dawned on me - it wasn't my grade that would suffer if Kelton refused to do his homework. So why fight with him over him? Who cares if Kaylen wears pajamas to school? At least she is there - and happy. If they can't put their clothes in the laundry, ok....they don't have their favorite clothes to wear the next time they want to because they aren't clean.
Taking this path with the kids has made my life easier and BONUS! is teaching them to take care of things themselves. After all, I can't do it all alone and still be happy. :)