SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - May 05, 2014) - According to the latest American Time Use Survey, mothers are spending an average of 18 hours a week on chores around the house on top of the 21 hours of work in the office each week. The survey supports something that has been basically commonplace since the beginning of time -- mothers carry the burden of a busy household. With Mother's Day on Sunday, maybe it's finally time to make a change and get the kids involved in some household jobs in order to give mom a well-deserved break.
"I know in the past the traditional family was dad working, mom taking care of the house and kids. Well, times have certainly changed and there are fewer families that have chosen or can afford to make it financially in that type of arrangement," expressed MyJobChart.com Founder and CEO Gregg Murset. "Moms across this nation are exhausted from having a career and taking care of things at home. It's about time parents tap into the biggest workforce we have in the U.S. -- our kids."
To help give moms more free time, a chance to relax or valuable family time, MyJobChart.com suggests some simple changes around the house:
1. Delegate - Since moms are traditionally the COO (Chief Operating Officer) of the household, it's time for a little delegation of all those operational tasks. Find chores that are more time consuming than difficult and pass them over to your children. Kids, as young as 5 years old, are more than capable of picking up toys or clothes.
2. Dads, Give More Than Flowers - While flowers are a typical gift for Mother's Day, husbands should consider something that would last longer than a week -- sharing the responsibilities inside the house. The American Time Use Survey showed that while men have been doing more household tasks over the years (avg. 10 hours a week, up from 4), men still spend more time tinkering outside the house than doing dishes or giving younger kids baths.
3. Implement A Routine - There is a reason why schools have younger kids doing the same thing over and over each day -- kids do well following a routine. Parents should create a productive, yet positive, routine kids could follow each day when it comes to projects around the house. Using a system (like MyJobChart.com) change a child who hates mornings and getting ready for school, into a cooperative and friendly child.
4. Complete Projects Together - While moms are finally clearing off their plate by handing projects over to their children, keep one or two projects that allow for some fun one-on-one interaction. Cleaning out closets, putting away holiday decorations, pulling weeds from garden or cooking dinner are ways to share time or talk about things going on.
5. Big Brother/Big Sister - For households with older siblings, let them be in charge. Hand over the reins for a day each week or for a weekend to see how they run the house and handle the younger kids. It shows you have confidence in them and provides them the experience of managing projects.
MyJobChart.com, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a free, easy to use, online and mobile job chart and reward system designed to teach, organize and motivate kids to earn, save, share and spend responsibly. In a little more than three years, MyJobChart.com has accumulated more than 665,000 members, who have completed more than 22 million jobs, earned roughly $3 million and donated to numerous charities including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The United Way, Operation Smiles, Forever Young Foundation and Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation. MyJobChart.com can also be used through its Apple and Android mobile apps, allowing parents and kids the opportunity to save, share and spend from anywhere. For more information, visit http://www.myjobchart.com.
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