Friday, March 27, 2009

Learn to delegate chores and live with lower standards

From TODAY, Voices
Thursday, 26-March-2009

By Dr Bill Maier

Show me an overworked, worn out mum, and I'll show you a woman who's trying to do too much.

The solution is often as simple as learning to delegate! Remember the first rule of housekeeping: No one is too young or too male to pitch in and help.

Begin by listing all the regular household chores, and then dividing up the tasks accordingly.

Younger kids can be taught to dust, or do laundry. Older kids can wash dishes and clean the kitchen and bathrooms. And don't forget dad – he may be busy, but he's also part of the family.

Remember that you may need to adjust your standards – especially when your kids are young.

They may not do things as well as you'd like, but resist the urge to do the same chores over again. They'll get better in time – for now, relax and learn to live with it.

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