This month, Jody has been sharing 'secrets' with readers around the blogosphere. Today she is sharing one here on my page! This post counts in my contest for the book give-away, so don't forget to leave a comment.
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Secret #13: The house chore I like to do the least.
By Jody Hedlund
As you can imagine, there are a lot of chores that come with having a large family. With seven people using bathrooms, dirtying laundry, and needing meals every day, managing all the work is almost a full time job.
Over the years, I've developed the motto, "Whoever lives in the house, helps with the work of keeping up the house." I've wanted to instill into my family that we're working as a team to maintain our house, that Mom isn't the live-in maid (or household slave).
So, to that end, I've always assigned chores to everyone. We all have certain jobs and responsibilities.
For example, my oldest son has the job of mowing the yard once a week, and he's also in charge of taking care of the dog on a daily basis. My 13 year old twin daughters take care of folding and putting away the laundry every day. My younger son unloads the dishwasher. And my six year old takes care of the many, many socks that have to be matched and put away.
I haven't given them work to do because I hate doing it myself. Because in reality, some days it would be easier and quicker to just take care of things myself. Instead, I relinquish my need to control everything and have it perfect so that I can intentionally train my children in the value of hard work, orderliness, and personal responsibility. I do it so that someday, when they leave home, they'll be well prepared for managing their own homes.
All that to say, the one chore that I like the least, that I wish I could delegate to someone else is cooking.
I realize some people love to cook and wouldn't even put it on the to-do list as a chore next to cleaning toilets. But I'm not one of those people who browse cookbooks for fun, try new exotic recipes, or have a cupboard full of unique spices.
No, I cook to feed my hungry family. I cook in large quantities (doubling most recipes). And I make staple, fairly inexpensive meals that are mostly kid-pleasing.
Fortunately, one of my daughters really enjoys cooking. And as she's getting older, she's been able to help out more in that area. And my mom also really likes to cook. She invites us over to her house a couple of times a week for wonderful meals that she prepares.
So maybe someday, I'll be able to completely hand over the cooking to others. But for now I pitch in and do my part to make the house run smoothly.
What about you? What chore do you like the least?
Thank you, Jody, for sharing with us today. And thank you for promising to answer my reader's questions for the contest.
Readers, don't forget about the contest. Next week I will be posting the other questions you have left for Jody with her answers. AND I will be announcing the WINNER of the book give-away! Don't forget to leave some way for me to contact you!