I’ve seen it several times. Kids sitting on their butts staring at a screen while the Mom makes dinner and the Dad does the laundry. Kids texting their friends while the Dad mows the lawn and the Mom pays the bills.
Nope! Not anymore.
If you’re serious about overcoming the feeling of overwhelm then you have have have to start dividing up the household duties and delegating them accordingly. Yes, there are some things that young children can’t do, but if a kid can carry around a phone then they can carry their dirty socks to a hamper.
Here’s a few tasks that can be Divided and Delegated to other people in the household ….
- carrying stuff to and from the table (dishes, silverware, cups, napkins, condiments, etc.)
- getting ingredients from the panty or refrigerator for whomever is cooking
- opening cans (with a safe edge can opener) and/or boxes and bags
- learning to use a microwave safely
- sort dirty clothes into loads by type and/or color
- fold towels (even a small child can fold a washcloth or a hand towel)
- put clean clothes on hangers
- carry clean laundry to their room
- take things to other rooms
- put stuff in toy boxes or bins
- take out the trash
- dust low surfaces
- scrub plates before putting them in the dishwasher
- load the dishwasher
- unload the dishwasher
I have a friend who took this to the next level. Everyone in her family each has their own dishes …. 2 plates per person, 2 cups per person, 2 sets of utensils, etc. Each person is responsible for the cleaning of their own stuff. They hand wash what they’ve used every day and it works out great for them.
I know you’re probably thinking, “It’s just easier if I do it all myself”. I totally get it. I used to be the same way and it does seem that way …. in the short term. Until you get to the point where you are crying in the pantry, because you don’t want to do it anymore and are totally overwhelmed by having to do it all on your own.
Sure it’s going to be tough to change the habit of doing it all yourself, but I promise it will be worth it in so many ways if you get past the first few days of griping about it (you and your family members).
You CAN overcome overwhelm by learning to Divide and Delegate.
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