Little helpers make light work of chores

Little helpers make light work of chores
Housewife Anna Neo, 39, gets plenty of help from her three daughters (from left) Alicia, Amelia and Andrea, while doing household chores like washing the toilet, watering the plants and changing the bedsheets.

SINGAPORE - You know what they say about a messy home being a happy home? Unfortunately for my children and husband, I don't subscribe to it.

Worse, I believe in child labour and the sharing of housework.

There are several other things I have learnt since we decided to do without a maid last year.

I am happier facing a clean and neat home. It makes my day when my kids and husband help with housework. Doing a little each day goes a long way.

At the same time, there are also several things I have learnt about my kids and husband.

They don't mind doing a little each day as long as there is time for play. They function better in a clean and neat home - they just don't realise it yet. It makes their day when I offer to do their chores.

From day one of my maid's departure, I have mandated that everyone helps out. Not even my three-year-old daughter Shannon is spared.

In fact, three is probably the best age to begin any housekeeping training - the child is less resistant and any job can be turned into a game.

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