Fraser is 5.5 years old now and when he started school this year, I declared that it would be his job to wash his school clothes on the weekend. I wanted him to learn about the washing machine and have some responsibility for his uniform.
That did happen for a few weeks but nearing the end of the school year I find myself doing that job. It’s not his fault. I just scoop it all up in the rest of the washing and it’s all done together. And therein lies the problem. I just keep on doing what I do and oftentimes I’m on auto-pilot. To delegate a household task involves stopping long enough to think about it and make sure it’s done. Even if I don’t care whether the end result is up to my (moderate) standard, the process takes time. It’s quicker to just keep doing what I do.
But I don’t want my boys coasting through life never having done a domestic chore. I want them to be substantial contributors to the mundane runnings of their own households. If not for their own sake, then for the sake of my future daughters-in-law. And so, I need to change my ways.
This fabulous chore chart popped up in my blog feed today.
It’s freely available from ModEco Kids. If I keep this up in the kitchen it serves more as a prompt for me rather than Fraser, and that may be just the ticket.