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Getting Others to Help
by Kenyatta Thomas
LOOK OVER THE FOLLOWING LIST and jot down who in your family is responsible for getting it done. If more than one person does the chore, put that down.

Add any chores or responsibilities not included. Then look at your list carefully. If you are doing almost everything yourself, it is time to start dividing jobs among family members (or get some outside help).

Admittedly, if you are a single mom with very young children, you are responsible for almost everything. But if you have a partner or your kids are out of diapers, everyone can pitch in. Have a family meeting to divide up responsibilities.

A typical day
  • Get the children up
  • Get them dressed
  • Breakfast
  • Brush teeth
  • Brush hair
  • Pack backpack/diaper bag
  • Drive to school/daycare
  • Pick up from school/daycare
  • Drive and pick up from lessons & activities
  • Supervise homework
  • Fix dinner
  • Set table
  • Clear table
  • Wash dishes
  • Clean table
  • Sweep floor
  • Supervise bath time
  • PJs
  • Pick out clothes for next day
  • Brush teeth
  • Read stories
  • Lights out
  • Enforce bedtime
Sick kids
  • Stay home
  • Take to doctor
  • Rearrange other kids' plans
  • Arrange other care
Cleaning
  • Living room: straighten, vacuum, clean furniture
  • Dining room: straighten, vacuum, clean furniture
  • Kitchen: mop floor, run dishwasher, empty dishwasher, clean sink and counters
  • Family room: put away toys, vacuum
  • Bathroom(s): clean sink, toilet, tub/shower, mop floor
  • Kids' rooms: make bed, pick up toys, vacuum
  • Your room: make bed, straighten, vacuum
  • Empty wastebaskets
Laundry
  • Put clothes in hamper
  • Empty hamper
  • Change towels
  • Change sheets
  • kids beds
  • your bed
  • Wash clothes
  • Sort clothes
  • Put away clothes
Groceries
  • Make shopping list
  • Buy groceries
  • Unload from car
  • Put away groceries
Outside
  • Mow lawn
  • Water lawn
  • Rake leaves
  • Prune trees & bushes
  • Compost heap
  • Sweep front porch
  • Sweep patio or deck
  • Shovel steps
  • Shovel driveway
  • Put garbage out
Errands
  • Drycleaners
  • Bank
  • Drugstore
  • School supplies
  • Buy kids' clothes
  • Buy birthday presents
  • Doctor's appointments
Car(s)
  • Gas
  • Maintenance
  • Carwash
Organization
  • Book babysitters
  • Arrange playdates
  • Plan parties
  • Research lessons, etc.
School
  • Parent meetings
  • Arrange teacher conferences
  • Attend teacher conferences
  • Communicate with teacher
  • Fulfill "volunteer" obligations
Hopefully this list will help to delegate some of the things we tend to take on all by ourselves!

Good Luck!

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