For Today’s Tuesday Tip, I am including 5 suggestions for happy and productive workers. As Pesach draws ever closer, the pressure of all the last minute preparations still left undone seeps in. In our home, we still have quite a bit of Pesach cleaning to complete. In an effort to accomplish this last push with grace, we are trying to focus on essentials and keep breathing. These tips are geared for those children who are able to be helping (over bar and bat mitzvah age), though they apply and can easily be customized and adjusted for the younger set as well:)
1. Keep Them Fed. Everything goes more smoothly on a full stomach. Make sure to fuel your workers frequently and include some protein to keep them going.
2. Keep Them Happy. Make sure everyone has some “me” time at some point during the day. My eldest is very interested in politics. He went out last night to a campaign meeting and then delivering flyers. When he came home, he was set to help and worked much more efficiently.
3. Give Them a Break. My children’s teachers always tell them to study for 50 minutes, take a 10 minute break and then continue. This is a good rule of thumb for cleaning too. Don’t be a slave driver! (I am speaking to myself here.) Are we really trying to recreate the Exodus from Egypt?
4. Reward Them. This can be a word of praise or appreciation. A chocolate is always good. This year, our big reward is that if we are ready, Saba and Savta will come for Shabbos, rather then after.
5. Let Them Sleep. Do not forget to get some sleep. You will all feel stronger for it.
6. Have Fun! Let the humour flow….
Now, we are off for some ice cream. That should cover food, reward and a break, right?