“If you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.” – Audrey Hepburn (British Actress & Humanitarian)
Our families are suddenly spending the whole day at home. There’s no travelling to work. No school. Times have immensely changed, and we’re all trying to find a way to manage our lives through this crisis.
These are the times when the family as a whole gets better equipped to deal with eventualities. Caring to share the chores at home, will inculcate a greater sense of appreciation for values, fostering mutual respect amongst the family members. Most importantly, it will charge up the home with a different kind of delight.
Today, sharing household work has become a significant way to keep the family bonded and happy. Even the kids can be involved in it such as – laying the table, helping with the bedsheets, taking out the trash, packing their bags, etc.
When your child starts doing these little things at home, he/she learns to value the efforts and time put in by the other family members. It gives them a sense of accomplishment and helps the child feel like they are a part of the family team.
Studies have also reported benefits of better bonding with family in the form of positive mental health in adulthood, raised self-esteem, and professional success.
Let us give a sneak-peek at how we can begin creating a culture of sharing household chores.
List Down your Tasks
Try to list out every little job that needs to be done in the house, from the time you wake up, till the end of the day. Ensure that all tasks mentioned in the list get done.
For instance: the basin must get scrubbed, the stationery gets sorted out, the furniture is adequately dusted, plants are watered, and so on. The kitchen-work will obviously comprise the greatest number of chores: chopping, grinding, cooking, washing the dishes etc.
You all can figure out amongst yourselves on who is good at what and divide tasks accordingly. For example, the picky one does the online fresh-food shopping, the chatty one answers the phone calls and the hygiene freak is to be responsible for cleaning.
Rewards for Chores
A very useful, fun platform which will help parents assign household activities to children is a kids money app – Birdfin. Here, Parents get to reward children through Birdfin for completing the tasks so kids can earn, manage, save and spend their money. It is a great way to fight monotony plus it will teach your kids diversities of chores.
Birdfin is not only a money management app for kids but also a value-learning platform. Based on a fresh, exciting concept, it offers experiential financial learning that keeps kids & parents engaged, on-track and motivated.
Beyond Household Responsibilities
Sharing involves more than mere housework. During an emergency at home, like a sudden online work call or an illness, there is nothing like a well-trained family in place as your comfort zone.
Everybody in the home knows where that extra money is kept. They know how to make instant noodles or a cup of soup. No one will be left stranded. There will be no panic, and life won’t stall.
Now, this is actually the beauty of a family that shares chores at home.
Sharing chores is a matter of discipline and habit. The practice will eventually fall into place if the discipline is maintained. Giving up in a fit of distress might be unfavorable to the complete sharing business.
Together We’ll Win: Turning Challenge into Opportunity
These challenging times are no less than an opportunity to go back to the days when family time was the most important time of the day. You’re just one step away from rekindling your relationships. After all, teamwork is one of the main things which can help us get through tough times which all of us are facing amidst the global pandemic.
Before signing off, just sharing a reminder. YOU are the role model for your kids. Your own attitude about work at home would shape a child’s approach on the topic. As parents, you send the message that any work is tedious, dull and avoidable or that it is imperative to run the household and can be quickly done with commitment and fun.
The choice is yours!