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Weekly Course on Time Management – Week 5 – Delegating Leadership To Your Little And Big Ones
However, one tool that homeschooling moms can use to manage their time (and sanity) is delegating tasks, which is an effective way of delegating leadership to your kids as they become the task manager. It’s often a differentiating factor between good managers and great managers.
Similarly, if you think you are a good homeschool mom but are striving to be a great one, use this tool to your advantage and get the results you desire.
In today’s lesson on time management, I look at why delegating leadership and tasks is important and how homeschool moms can practice it at home.
Delegating Leadership And Tasks – Why Is It Important?
Delegating leadership and tasks, in general, is the key to managing time; an area that becomes even more critical when homeschooling kids. It allows you to manage your massive workload and maintain your sanity but more importantly, it can bring several benefits for your kids. Let’s look at some of the benefits your kids will enjoy if you delegate your to-do list to them.
Strengthens The Connection
Kids like to take responsibility, and when their moms delegate the to-do list to them, it makes them feel empowered. It not only boosts their self-esteem but also strengthens their connection with their parents.
A bonus for you: You can get more work done while spending time with your kids!
Provides Opportunities For Practice
Let’s be honest. Delegating work to kids can be a nightmare for moms. But here, you need to be realistic. When you delegate tasks to your little ones, instead of expecting perfection, think of it as an opportunity for practice. Where else would your kids learn to improve and get better?
When you delegate tasks to your kids, you are not only getting more time for yourself and teaching them to be more responsible. You are helping them thrive and be more independent, an integral objective of your homeschool.
How Can Homeschooling Moms Delegate Leadership And Tasks?
Homeschool moms can delegate their household chores as well as tasks related to the homeschool. In either case, if you stick to the following rules of delegating leadership and tasks, you can surely get the results you want.
P.S. These rules are equally applicable whether you are delegating leadership and tasks to your kids or any other person in the house.
Not every mom is great at delegating. Often, they fear imperfection and undesirable results. But the key is to delegate. Force yourself to delegate some work to your kids even if you don’t want to. Only when you get comfortable with the idea of delegating tasks, you will be better able to maintain your sanity.
An important rule of delegating tasks is to be proactive. You don’t have to start delegating tasks when you are already overwhelmed. Instead, start the process a little early before it’s too late.
Know Your Team
Before you get started with delegating tasks to your kids, beware of your team’s strengths and weaknesses. Every kid is different, and only when you know their strengths and limitations will you be able to delegate tasks more efficiently.
Set Clear Expectations
When delegating tasks, set clear expectations. Let your kids (or any other person) know what you expect from this task. Make sure you address any questions or concerns that your kids have about the task so they are clear on the expectations.
Give Honest Feedback
The last and most critical aspect of delegating tasks is to give honest feedback. Once the task is complete, give thorough feedback to your kids so they can learn how to take up the task for the next time.
Some Ideas of Delegating Leadership And Tasks For Homeschool Moms
Some of the ideas of delegating homeschool tasks may include the following
- You can ask your second grader to create a phonic worksheet for the kindergartner.
- For older kids, allow your high school kid to lead the science experiment for the younger sibling.
- You can also delegate non-teaching tasks, such as sorting the paperwork, organizing the supplies, or cleaning the homeschool area once the teaching day ends.
- And the list can go on and on.
So take advantage of delegating tasks as you continue with your homeschool and enjoy its benefits for yourself and your new helpers!