The traditional family is one where the husband is the bread winner, working outside of the home, and the mother is the domestic, caring for the children and the home while dad is away. Today’s modern families are different, and it is becoming increasingly common to let dad help around the house while mom helps to bring in income to the household as well. The key is to find a configuration that works for your family, and here are some tips that are well worth considering.
- Give dad specific duties that he can do around the house. Do not inundate him with chores, but find out what duties he feels most comfortable with, and let him have something to be in control of.
- Choose a time during the day or week where dad can be in charge of the children. If you are handling the childcare otherwise, then it can be really productive to give dad some childcare time as well. This is especially beneficial if you do any work from the home, because it will allow you time to yourself while dad is handling the meals and other basic child care.
- Ask dad what he can do to help you out. Find out what you can do to help him. Sometimes trading roles, even for just a little while, can give you and your spouse a lot of insight into one another’s lives and roles. Try letting dad take care of the children while you earn some money, or take turns taking a day off while the other person takes care of the house, the meals and the children.
Sometimes role reversals, trading roles and setting specific types of roles for one another can have a huge impact on how well your household functions. Give the breadwinner a chance to take care of the house and the children, and take a day off as the homemaker or domestic.