Open communication about expectations and responsibilities within the household is important. The division of labour needs to be understood and renegotiated periodically, especially when there are changes. These may be changes to family members’ schedules or within the family itself (e.g., birth of a child, illness, or injury).
Things to consider…
- Having a family discussion about the division of household responsibilities.
- Working as a team to get things done.
- Asking children to contribute to the household (in an age-appropriate way).
- Outsourcing household tasks (e.g., house cleaning, lawn care) if you have the financial means to do so.
References for this page (click to expand)
Goldsmith, B. (2012, September 5). 10 tips for holding a family meeting: Hold the best meeting you’ll ever attend with the people you love the most. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/emotional-fitness/201209/10-tips-holding-family-meeting
Gottman, J.M. & Silver, N. (2015). The seven principles for making a marriage work. Harmony Books.
Petriglieri, J. (2019). Couples that work: How dual-career couples can thrive in love and work. Harvard Business Review Press.