Upper Management & Middle Managment at Kauffman House

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A while back Karenna and Jude negotiated some ground rules for playing with each other. As described by Jude, "You're the boss of your room, and I'm the boss of mine."  The kids seem to have kept to this pact (for the most part).

Today, around naptime, I gave Karenna, as the boss of her room a few options:

  • She could go to her room and begin cleaning right away, completely skipping a nap.
  • She could take a nap first and then clean her room.
  • She could clean part of her room, use her nap as a break, and then return to cleaning when she woke.
"I do not care what you decide, but you can't do other things until your room is clean.  I am the boss of this house.  Your room is in my house, so that makes me upper management.  You are middle management.  I gave you a job to accomplish; how you do it is your business," I told her.

I then walked back to Jude's room to tuck him and remind him that he was "helping Blue Bear take a nap" so he needed to be quiet.  When I returned, I found Karenna drying dishes with Chris.

It appears another upper management type came to her with another high priority task and told her she could delay mine (both nap and room) if she decided to work on his special project.  Hmm, organizational issues? Seems to me we have problems with this management structure, just a wee bit top-heavy for a four person enterprise, no?

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