"Character is the one thing we make in this world and take with us into the next."
- - Ezra Taft Benson
January 11, 2013
Healthy Comfort Foods that are Delicious and Nutritious
by Dian Thomas

With the New Year comes the opportunity to delegate household responsibilities. I remember as a high school student this happened in our home. My mother decided that she would go back to teaching and so she did not have as much time to do the housework.

My parents decided that it was time for each one of us to step up and help more at home. We had four kids at home so the first thing they did was to assign us a night to prepare a meal. We were to turn in to our mother on Saturday morning a list of the foods that we needed and then my mother would buy the groceries that day. As I remember, one brother always fixed pizza on his night; the other brother fixed hamburgers. You could tell which day it was by the food that was served that evening for dinner.

My mother also had a very clever way to have dinner prepared on Sundays. She had a plan for the meal and early Sunday morning she would write the menu on the chalkboard. If there were six people that would be there for dinner, she would plan to have six assignments. She did not make the assignment for the meal. It was each family member’s responsibility to sign up for what they wanted to do. The first person to the board always signed up for the easiest item. There was an incentive to get there early so you were not stuck with the most difficult assignment.

Delegating tasks to be done by children will probably take more time in the beginning as you set up the plan and make the assignment. Children need to first learn how to do the tasks. Parents need to help children learn to do a task thoroughly by working with them the first few times they do it. It is good to work side by side with the child until they get all the steps down for the job that is assigned. It is helpful to write out each step of the job and then post the card on an inside door where the task will be done. For example, if cleaning the sinks is the assignment, you might write the following on a card:

  1. Take all items off the counters.

  2. Get out clean cloths and cleanser.

  3. Wet one of the cloths with warm water.

  4. Wipe the counters.

  5. Put cleanser in sink and clean with wet cloth.

  6. With another dry cloth wipe down sink, taps, and counter.

  7. Put item that were on the counter back in place.

Task charts can also be made so that the children have a place to check off their assignment when they are finished. Place the names of the children down the left side of a sheet of paper and have a square for each day of the week across the top. Then assignments can go in the appropriate square. Tasks are checked off as they are done.

The end benefit of the project is that everyone is trained to do the different jobs and, when they get old enough and leave home, they are ready to keep an efficient and well-managed home.

Dian’s Book Tipping the Scales in Your Favor shares her weight loss journey. For years Dian’s tried and tried to lose weight but it was not until Jackie Keller said to her in California, “I can help you lose weight” that she caught the vision and lost over 115 pounds and, most important, she has been able to keep it off. Get Dian’s book today and begin the journey to healthy living. Go to www.DianThomas.com to learn more.

Dian Thomas’s Idea Pack Library: You will never run out of ideas when you have this wonderful set of books. Check out Dian Thomas’ Creative Books Library Special: She now had a special offer to save 60% on 5 books and 1 DVD. Get Dian’s creative library for only $40.00. Save $60 dollar and have over 25 years of her creative and amazing ideas. This package will be great for gifts, for fun, and for kids and grandchildren.. Take advantage of this limited offer at www.DianThomas.com.

Bookmark and Share    
About Dian Thomas

Dian Thomas was blessed with the good fortune to be born near and raised in the remote, breathtaking Manti-La Sal National Forest in southeastern Utah, where her father was the forest ranger. She took the skills she learned in the outdoors and turned them into a New York Times best-selling book, Roughing It Easy. Her appearance on the NBC's "Tonight" show with Johnny Carson boosted her into the national media scene, where she became a regular on NBC's "Today" show for eight years and then ABC's "Home Show" for six years. After more than 25 years of media exposure and 19 books, she now shares her practical insights and wisdom with audiences who want to savor life.

A former Relief Society president, Dian is currently serving as a visiting teacher. Visit her website at www.DianThomas.com

Copyright © Hatrack River Enterprise Inc. All Rights Reserved. Web Site Hosted and Designed by WebBoulevard.com