September has been filled with ideas to make your work more fun. But, what about those (often overlooked) folks who work at home? I’m talking about the moms and dads who choose to forgo careers to raise their rugrats- the hardest jobs of all. It’s hard to imagine making diaper changing and high chair tray cleaning fun! If you don’t, though, Adultitis is sure to set in… big time!
I found this cool article written by a mom who was getting frustrated with the busyness of the chores of life, which were keeping her from playing and spending quality time with her toddler… until, she discovered a way to combine the two into one. Christina Farley shared,
One morning, while I was tackling the mountain of dishes after breakfast, my 2-year-old son, Caleb, tugged on my leg. He begged for me to play with him. Guilt plagued me. Why hadn’t I gotten up earlier so I could have more time with him?
‘Soon I’ll be done. I’ll wash as quickly as possible. Then we can play with your Little People,’ I promised.
‘I want wash dishes too,’ he said. How could I resist those big eyes? Reluctantly, I allowed him to pull up a chair and handed him a sponge. Ten minutes later, the dishes were washed, the kitchen was clean, and we’d had a blast. Why hadn’t I thought of this earlier?
So simple… yet so profound. The article goes on to share five additional ways to incorporate your kids into the day-to-day Adultitis-producing tasks like sorting laundry, grocery shopping (my LEAST favorite chore!), making the beds, etc., making them way more palatable and even fun.
Regardless of whether you spend your 9-5 at home or not, these are enjoyable ways to get the chores done with your kids, without them complaining about doing the dirty work. Who knew dusting could turn into family fun?
Do you have a tip to share?
How do you make your day-to-day tasks more digestible?