Posted by Barack Levin on 16th September 2012
From time to time I meet and speak to parents who tell me how time consuming it is to raise kids. Among one of the many complaints there is one that is almost always at the top of the list: “My kids do not help me in the house. I need to go after them all the time”.
The truth is of course that kids love to help their parents, but…. We do not give them the opportunity. If we treat our kids like grown ups and give them, even the minor responsibilities possible, we will discover how they not only help us but also save us time.
Here is a simple example that I have implemented in my house. Take our dog for example, instead me of my wife taking care of the dog, we let our kids do it. They are now responsible for walking and feeding him everyday; once in the morning and once when they return from school. It is their chore. We sat down with them and explained how important it is for them to care for him because if they do not – he will starve. They agreed because they love playing with him and so we started. The beginning was not easy, we had to remind them day and night, but with time it became a second nature and now they do it as if was always part of their routine. This task alone frees at least 25 minutes of my time every day.
My kids have become my right hands and help me with so many things which enables me to free up my time and return spend more time with them. It is a win-win situation for all.