Okay, I know my title means people will assume I don't mind negative backlash, but I do so go gentle. I've been trying to get my kids to step up their responsibility in their school work, in their ability to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done (like getting dressed) and in their chores. Well I've tried for a month to get them to follow through with their chores. This week I backed off my gung ho style of always reminding them and giving them a date they need to have things finished by. I gave them a breather and let them be in charge of what they need to do. It hasn't worked, of course, so today I gave them a few hours (with prompt). It wasn't done. So now they want me to go to the grocery store. I'm overdue. I have stuff in the house, but we would have to be creative. I have no problems with that. Nobody is physically starving. The kids feel like they are because they can't open the fridge and automatically have an instant meal. So they are so upset with me because I said, "When you do your job, I will be happy to do mine." The truth is, I don't want to go a different time. I work all day. This is the easiest time to go. At the same time, I'm tired of the fact that they can't respect the rules and their part in the household. You have a job, I told them, and I have one. You are on strike. I guess I get to be too.