Although our families love us for doing almost everything for them, when it comes down to it, we aren’t Superwoman. Moms often feel stressed out and overworked – husbands may work late hours and not be able to pitch in, or the kids come home with work assignments that we have no clue how to solve. The factors are endless, and that’s why job delegation can be a life saver for moms
Delegating tasks at home will not only lighten the load placed on one person, but it will also speed up the cleaning and housework processes. Moreover, kids will learn a valuable life lesson: responsibility. Taking responsibility, even for the simplest of things like cleaning their own room, will help them develop a trait that will serve them well in life.
So, if you like the idea of delegating tasks at, but may not be sure of how to go about it, follow these tips:
- Create a master list of the tasks done at home. Include what you do daily, weekly, monthly, and on rare occasions. To make your task list more specific and organized, create a group of tasks that you think you alone can accomplish effectively. Then, create additional groups of tasks for each person in the household – your spouse, your son, your daughter, and so on.
- Evaluate each task and pair it with the strengths of each family member. If you think washing the car is something Dad would be best at, assign that task to him. If your ten-year-old daughter can sort clothes, let her help fold laundry. By giving the tasks to the people that can best fulfill them, they will be completed more efficiently. (And, that means each person is in charge of cleaning their own bedroom!)
- Make sure your instructions are clear. Giving out unclear instructions will only result in inefficiency, confusion, and possible conflict. When you give out instructions to your family members, make sure they understand the tasks clearly. It helps if you let them repeat the instructions back to you.
- Encourage rather than demand. Do not make chores something that your family members will resent. Let them understand that they should work not because you said so, but because it will benefit them.
- Praise and reward a task well done. After all, dogs aren’t the only ones that enjoy positive reinforcement. Say thank you to your daughter or give your son a pat on the back after he cleans his room. You can even treat your husband to a nice back massage after he cleans the garage or yard. However you choose to reward your family members for a job well done, they will appreciate it, and it will encourage them to keep doing it.