One of the goals I had this summer was to teach Mr. Skinny to clean a bathroom. He turned 13 in June and hasn't had any chores around the house. It has always been such a struggle to get him to finish homework that chores always seemed like too much to fight about.
This year we decided that enough is enough - he will eventually move away (I can't stand the thought right now) and he will have to know how to clean a toilet and a bathroom sink. We started with the basics in a nice sequential order.
1. Remove the bathroom rugs. 2. Sweep the floor. 3. Scrub the toilet. 4. Wash the sink. 5. Clean the mirror. 6. Sweep again for anything that may have fallen or may have missed first time around. 7. Mop. 8. Put rugs back.
I directed him on the steps and just watched over him. He did a great job! And even though he grumbled about it and wanted summer school to last until the first day of eighth grade so he wouldn't have to learn how to do it.
His review: "It's not that bad." We'll see if he says that the next time that I ask him to clean the bathroom.