Cut Down On Your Chores
This blog post is for all the moms out there who work tirelessly to keep up with household chores. As a mother of 3, I find the daily chore grind never ending. My children are now, 13, 11 and 6. A few years ago it finally dawned on me, “Why am I doing all of these things when my children are fully capable!” I believe what happens is we bring these helpless infants home from the hospital and care for their every need. There comes a point when they are old enough to care for themselves and that transition can as hard for the parent as the child. This transition comes at a different time for everyone, but as parents it’s our job to teach our children to become independent.
With fall approaching and the school year starting, now is the perfect time to teach your kids some of the chores they can do around the house to help out. Now this may take some time, especially if kids are used to having someone else do everything for them. The transition may be slow, but it’s a great way to create a sense of responsibility in the children as well as cut down on the long list of household tasks. Here are a few chores that I delegate in my own house:
fill/empty the dishwasher
set/clear the table
wash/dry/fold/put away laundry
This is a start, and from my experience it’s never done quite like I would do myself, but I’m happy to delegate these tasks, reduce my expectations, teach my children responsibility, and receive a bit more freedom of my own!