Equality – Rest is a Right

Every human being, irrespective of the role he or she has within the family, has the right to rest. I think we can all, no matter where we come from in our ways of thinking, agree on this.

Everyone within the family deserves, and should have the right to a weekly off, sick leave and a support system when not well.

I think it is a worthwhile exercise for every family to examine how this actually works within the family, for different members of the family. See the way things are in reality, clearly, and make it a topic of conversation.

Notice the factors that deprive family members of this right and think of ways to bring some change. Whether these mean making different lifestyle choices, better work-flow management at home, examining the impact of gender roles on care and support, or any other factor that the family thinks is the cause.

Challenge 10 of The Relaxed Housekeeping Challenge has a brief one-page questionnaire on this. You’ll need to print a copy for each family member.

Please feel free to modify this challenge and add factors like daily rest and sleep that I haven’t considered, if you feel your family needs to examine these too.

Stay covid-safe and well. May we all use this time of social isolation to notice factors that need to be addressed within our families, so that home is a place of rest for all.

Published by Anitaelise

Anitaelise teaches piano lessons at Anitaelise Piano Studio and writes poetry and essays at The Relaxed Housekeeper.

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