Tackle It Tuesday – A Simple Change

Tackle It Tuesday

Today’s tackle message is a short one, and I fear it’s nothing new or phenomenal.

On Monday I cleaned my house. It’s been too long since I’ve done a thorough cleaning of our little space. Every Saturday, as I try to get a few things done on my computer, in my bed room, in my kitchen (the typical mommy over-load) I give my kids their list of chores to get done.

Have you ever noticed that as many times as kids are told what their chores or responsibilities are, they still ask what they should do every time?

Every weekend, I run into the same problem. I stay busy and the kids don’t clean. They do the minimum (depending on how much I remind them throughout the day) but they rarely get the house really clean.

Yesterday I took a different approach (really, I went back to the way I used to work…). I got down on my hands and knees with them. I scrubbed the kitchen floor. I worked alongside each of them. I encouraged instead of nagging.

And this time, the house got really clean. The only thing I changed was ME; my attitude, my approach.

And we ALL benefited from it.


Calling All Tacklers!

We’re looking for YOU – guest bloggers to post about your own tackles right here. If you are interested in showing off your tackles (we all need some tips and ideas!) then send a quick email to lolli.5m4m at gmail (link in the About Lolli section at the bottom of the post). Thanks for your inspiring tackles!!

Mom Bloggers — what are you tackling this week?

Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Here is a fun thumbnail linky:

And here is a basic linky if you prefer your linkies the good old fashioned way!

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor, Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

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  1. says

    I had the opposite epiphany about homeschool – maybe the kids don’t need my direct input to do their math! We moved to Checklist Schooling yesterday, schoolwork and chores got done quickly without complaining, and I had time to write (finally!)

  2. says

    I finally got around to creating time and space for the kids to paint. I’ve been promising my daughter that she could use her new paint set, but it wasn’t a priority for me. Yesterday, we got out the paints and the playdough and had our 1st Kids Art Day for 2012

  3. says

    I love the idea of getting down on the floor beside them and working together. I’m going to try this today with putting away the laundry. Thanks!

  4. says

    Whenever I have a difficult task for my students I use a similar approach “Let’s do it together!” and everything goes a lot smoother.

  5. says

    This was a great post! I turn cleaning time into fun time. My daughter and I usually “compete” to see who cleans their room the fastest, works like a charm 😉


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