In the traditional patriarchal society model, women's roles were to cook, clean, look after the children, and just generally take care of the house while the men went off to earn money outside the home. Things are different now. Rising costs of living and increased female ambition has lead to most families having two income earners, which means the upkeep of the family home is the responsibility of everyone in the family. Tasks delegated to each member based on age and capability. Here are some tips on delegating tasks.
If you and your partner hate different chores (he ironing, you doing the dishes) then it's obvious how the chore schedule should be broken up. But what do you do if you both can't stand to weed the garden and mow the lawn? You have two options that can keep resentment from building up. You can either trade shifts (he does it one week, you the next) or budget aside enough money to hire a landscaping company to take care of the chore for you. Try contacting a The Ghent Group landscape company by phone at 519-581-7113 or pay a visit to their website at Theghentgroup.com. Property maintenance is their specialty. Forcing someone to continually do a chore they hate is never recommended.
Naturally hardly anyone is thrilled about doing housework, so the best idea for you might be to simply make a list of all the chores that need to be done and flip a coin to see who goes first, and then alternate choosing a chores until they're all gone. That way each person will end up with an equal number of chores they don't mind and chores they don't like. You can also institute a barter system where you can trade chore work in exchange for favors.
When you add kids into the mix, then things get complicated. You can't be expected to work fulltime, raise the kids, and do all the chores, so as soon as they are able, the kids should be helping rather than holding you back. Delegate them chores according to their age and ability. Five year olds can set the table, but probably not dust your vase collection, while older kids can be tasked to look after or pick up younger ones from activities. Mentally or physically challenged kids many never be able to handle some tasks, but they should have some sort of chore so they can contribute like everyone else.
If there are more chores than family members, offer the rest of the chores up for grabs on a reward basis. The reward might be money, special treats, or extra privileges.