A parent has a ton of responsibilities. This isn’t something I thought you all needed to know. It’s basically a given, but it was the proper place to start this post. Parents have a lot to do in a day, and sometimes wish they had more help. As your children get older, it is definitely okay to delegate smaller tasks to them as you see appropriate. Take out the trash on Mondays, set the table for dinner, etc. you get the picture. Kids are capable of doing smaller things like this that can make your life a little bit easier. A word to the wise though, if you are going to have your kids do any king of task that could present even the slightest danger to them; make sure that you teach them how to do it.
The last tidbit of parenting information shared above comes from a story I read recently. The post was titled, “When the Kids Scream Fire”, and was about a dad who asked his kids to take a tray out of the oven for him while he was busy. Seems like a simple enough task for an older child to handle, but somehow an oven mitt caught on fire. These are things you have to watch out for as a parent. Make sure that you teach your children how to do easy tasks before asking them to act on their own. Just in case you were wondering, the father and all his children are safe from the story. I encourage you to check it out though, it is pretty interesting.