Moms & the Art of Delegation

12 Tips for Getting Other People to Do Your Work for You

Decide What to Delegate

Gutter cleaning and dusting your grandma’s antique china require skills that may be beyond the capacity of your entourage. Dangerous jobs are self-evident, but also consider damage risks. Assess worst-case scenarios. Will a dropped bone china teacup leave you grief-stricken, or secretly thrilled to have one less item to dust? In the first case, keep the job off the delegation list. In the second, ask that dusting be completed rapidly over a tile floor.

Some families put each capable member in charge of their own laundry. Others prefer to remain personally liable for the color outcome of their whites. Do what works best for you.

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