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Dear Mom: Delegate the Workload

When you have laundry to do, meals to cook, kids to clean, counters to dress - wait, that's not right. Well, mom, you're busy - you know it, your children know it, and your partner knows it. Don't be afraid to voice this fact. In fact, you might need a lesson in the art of delegation. It's a tricky craft to master, but giving your partner or children things to do around the house will not only make your day easier, but maybe even encourage teamwork. Here are a few tips on how to practice delegation.

*    Make a list: write down everything that needs to be done that day. If your children are at school and partner is at work, determine which tasks on your list are essential and stick to those things. The other tasks can get done on the weekend when the family is together and everyone can pitch in.

*    Allow time for interruptions: if your children are prone to needing something every five minutes, build that into your daily schedule.

*    Fun, fun, fun: make your tasks enjoyable by inventing a dusting dance or a laundry limbo.

*    Create teachable moments: getting your children involved in your tasks will teach them responsibility, discipline, and reaching their full potential.

These are but few simple tips to take your workload from overwhelming to "I can do it". Remember that you are not alone, and it is okay to ask your children or partner for help with your tasks. You can't be supermom - you can try, though.

One of the resources we have on Me in a Tree is "My Duties", which helps delegate chores and responsibilities to each family member in a fun and motivating way, lightening the load for everyone. 

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