Moms & the Art of Delegation

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

Make Yourself Absolutely Clear

"Dust the family room" has several meanings to different people. To you, it means to methodically remove all material that will float up into view the moment your mother-in-law walks in the room. To your kids or husband, however, it may mean knock the pillows together, swipe the TV screen and establish technical contact with each tabletop. 

Explaining the purpose of a job (to remove the fine particles coating all family room surfaces) and the desired outcome (no one should be able to finger write their name on the coffee table) puts you both on the same page. Give clear descriptions and explanations.

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