I feel at a loss when our helper of several years bade us goodbye. For a long time, I trust the cleaning, laundry and taking care of the young kids to her. I still handle the budgeting and cooking stuff most of the time. I can leave the kids to her for a few days when I was assigned to cover an out-of-town event. Such was an easy arrangement for us until she decided to settle down. During that time, I was already thinking of resigning from work and her asking to leave was timely.
When the helper finally left, I thought I could handle everything with ease since the kids can do personal things on their own. I felt the burden of household chores after a few weeks. I thought I’ll never survive that episode. I was thankful and still am to a wonderful husband for coming to my rescue.
With my husband’s help, I was able to learn more here that I need to manage my time well, one task at a time, to accomplish something for a day.
Most moms working online can attest to the fact that it isn’t easy to juggle between endless household tasks and your online job. I guess the maxim, you can’t serve two masters at the same time, may well describe your present predicament. You can’t excel in both worlds. One has to take a back seat, unless you have super powers to accomplish both departments with flying colors. But if you’re good at managing your time, you can squeeze in one household chore at a time while doing a brief research on Epson TM-T88V. Or cook an easy menu for breakfast while the kids are still asleep. A multi-tasking friend once told me to do all or most of the heavy chores early in the morning just before the kids and hubby wake up. It works for her, so I guess it will work for me, too.
What is the proper age to teach kids household chores? This question crop up when hubby and I are having a small talk about our kids. He said giving kids chores to do at an early age will help them become responsible individuals when they grow up. Age appropriate chores such as washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, and folding clean clothes are too basic chores to learn. Recently, hubby began assigning our kids to wash the dishes alternately; one at noon, and the other one in the evening. Even when they are complaining about the number of dishes they wash, we see to it that they finish the task assigned to them. I still wash the heavy stuff.
We try to inculcate in them the value of helping everyone at home. When they are a little older we will teach them to wash their own clothes. Simple task like these prepares them for real jobs in the future. I wonder if any of my kids will be in the sales jobs? Whatever the future holds for them, we’ll be there to support them.