Delegating Tasks To Our Children

Hi friends!

It's Diana Ballard here, and today I want to talk about a topic that's near and dear to my heart: delegating tasks as a parent. When our kids are little, it's easy to do everything for them. After all, they rely on us for everything from changing their diapers to feeding them. But as they get older, the demands and responsibilities pile up, and it can be exhausting trying to keep up with everything.

It's important to recognize that you don't have to do it all yourself. In fact, it's better for everyone involved if you don't. Delegating tasks to your children not only takes some of the weight off of your shoulders, but it also teaches them important life skills and gives them a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.

Of course, getting your kids to actually do chores can be easier said than done. But there are a few strategies that can make it a little more manageable. Here are some tips for delegating tasks to your kids:

  1. Start small. If your kids aren't used to doing chores, don't overwhelm them with a long list of tasks right off the bat. Instead, start with one or two simple chores that they can easily accomplish, like putting away their toys or setting the table. As they get more comfortable with the idea of doing chores, you can gradually add more tasks to their list.

  2. Make it fun. Let's be honest, chores aren't exactly the most exciting activities in the world. But that doesn't mean you can't make them a little more enjoyable for your kids. Try turning chores into a game or challenge. For example, see who can clean up their toys the fastest or who can fold laundry the neatest. You could also make a chore chart and let your kids earn rewards for completing their tasks.

  3. Be consistent. Kids thrive on routine and consistency, so make sure you're delegating tasks on a regular basis. Set a specific time each day or week for your kids to do their chores, and stick to it as much as possible. Consistency will help your kids develop good habits and make it easier for everyone to stay on top of things.

  4. Give them a say. Let your kids have some input into what chores they do. They may be more motivated to complete tasks if they feel like they have a choice in the matter. You could make a list of chores and let your kids pick which ones they want to do, or ask them to come up with their own ideas for tasks they can do to help out.

  5. Lead by example. Kids learn by example, so if you want them to take responsibility and do their share of the work, you need to model that behavior yourself. Make sure you're also doing your fair share of household tasks, and don't hesitate to ask for help when you need it.

Delegating tasks to your kids may take a little extra effort up front, but it will pay off in the long run. Not only will it help you manage your workload as a parent, but it will also teach your kids important life skills and help them develop a sense of responsibility and independence. So give it a try! Start small, make it fun, be consistent, give your kids a say, and lead by example. Your future self (and your kids) will thank you.

You can learn more about how to delegate tasks to your children by listening to our latest episode of The Mom Training Podcast

Episode- 248 Simplifying Chores with Danielle Halbert

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- Article written by Diana Ballard

CEO of Mom Training International- A Continued Education organization providing high quality education for mothers worldwide


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