Monday, August 15, 2011
Marriage Minded Monday: Sharing Responsibility
A common complaint among today's couples is how the household responsibilities are divied out.
Many claim that they have too much responsibility - cleaning, cooking, budgeting, child rearing, etc. - while their spouse does little to help, if anything.
Shared responsibility in running a household is essential.
When one spouse bares too much responsibility, it becomes grueling, tedious, exhausting, and overwhelming.
In my own situation, the responsibilities are as follows:
My husband works outside the home, does all the yard work, does all the "fix it" chores, handles the budget, and helps with the dishes, the laundry, and the children when he gets home from work, and takes out the garbage.
I stay at home with the children, keep the house clean (most of the time), handle the meal planning, shopping, cooking, schedule, and calender, as well as keep up with dishes and clothes when he is at work.
The children also have chores of their own.
This is a plan that certainly works for us.
That being said, this might not be a viable distribution for your own family - find out what works for your family.
For example, a couple who both work outside the home may decide to divy up chores and child raising equally: the wife may plan meals, do dishes, and tuck the children in while the husband may take out the garbage, cook, and give the children their baths, or something similar.
The point it, it is important that every member of the household is involved with its running. It keeps the burden from being solely one person's, and it helps family members feel important and needed.
Today I'm linking up with Nan over at Mom's The Word for Making Your Home Sing Monday.
Go pay her a visit and see what you can do to make your home sing this week!