“I’m a complete control freak! The only way to do it right is to do it yourself!”
How many times have you heard that? I confess to being one.
It was ingrained in me, really. As a girl of nine or so, I remember my father remaking his entire bed from scratch because the one time my mother made it, she left the sheets creased. This was before fitted sheets, mind you, and he had a very specific way of tucking the bedsheets under the mattress so they wouldn’t come loose. Apparently, my mother didn’t get the memo. Yeah. I have been trained to want things my way and my way alone.
Unfortunately, I also have children. Three of them. Six and under. Who make messes as easily as they breathe. What to do, what to do?
One word: delegate.
I have become a firm believer in delegating responsibilities to my children. Hence, chore charts. The caveat of course is that you have to go around and check what they’ve done and sometimes if they’ve done it at all.
However, it still saves you time in the long run and teaches them to do things for themselves, a necessary life skill. And maybe someday they won’t be twenty-three and on the other side of the earth and unable to wash basic dishes like a certain someone. Ahem. Not naming names.
I think my husband put it best. “If the kids are not cleaning, they’re making messes you have to clean up. So I’d rather they be doing their chores even if they’re done badly. At least it halts the mess-making process.”
Next time: chore charts and how exactly to go about delegating.