Not all members of the family operate in the same manner. While one may be extremely tech-savvy and able to handle any device you give them, another may have no clue what they’re doing even on a simple smartphone. Another member may handle money well and can follow a strict budget, while yet another tends to be a spendthrift and can’t follow a budget no matter how much he tries. You need to make certain allowances for family members who need them to ensure everyone can function to the best of their abilities and the entire family can operate well together.
Selecting Different Phones for Different Family Members
Say your family is made up of you, your spouse, a teenager, and your aging parent who recently moved in. Chances are, not all of you will be able to use the same cell phone. While your teen can most likely handle any device you give them, you and your spouse might want something a little less advanced. Your aging parent most likely won’t know how to use a phone like that at all. There are some alternative smart phones for seniors that may prove easier for them to use. With yes and no buttons that make more sense and large numbers to push, most seniors can handle phones like the Jitterbug well. The newest iPhone can be saved for your son or daughter or even yourself.
Picking One Person to Be in Charge of the Budget
You will most likely find that not all of your family members know how to budget their money well. You wouldn’t want to leave everyone in charge of their own money, or have everyone help select the budget, if people aren’t on the same page when it comes to finances. Instead, it is best to pick one person to be in charge of the family budget so you know bills will get paid on time and there is adequate money coming in and out. Openly talk about the family finances but be sure to avoid lending money to those who overspend.
Divvying Up the Chores
Some people love to clean. They enjoy making sure the household is well taken care of and everything looks nice and neat in its place. Others do not have an organizational bone in their body and end up letting their rooms get filled with clutter. It is best to divvy up the chores in a family based on who you know can handle what aspect. If you realize your husband does a poor job at cleaning the dishes, make him be in charge of taking out the trash instead. Perhaps your daughter leaves her clothes all over the place. Get a three-bin organizer and have her be in charge of wiping down windows and mirrors instead.
Many senior family members struggle to clean at all. Let them be in charge of setting the table for dinner. By sharing tasks and choosing chores that are easiest for each person, it can ensure the house gets clean with as little struggle and complaining as possible. It is all about teamwork.
Not all family members have the same strengths, and that’s okay. As long as you understand each person’s weakness, your family can come up with a plan to make allowances for those who need them and adjust certain aspects accordingly. Different phones, budgeting needs, and chores should all get considered for every member of the household to make sure everybody can live to the best of their ability and the family can operate smoothly as a team.
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