Tackle it Tuesday: The Dreaded L Word

by Jennifer Banks

Tackle It Tuesday


I wasn’t going to write about this. Honestly, I would have preferred to keep this one a big fat secret. But I suck at keeping secrets, so I’m just going to say it now, and get it over with.

The Dreaded L Word.

Somehow, some way, a little louse made its way onto the head of my son, and put down roots with all intentions of staying for the long term.  An odd pattern of scratching made me aware of its presence…  I knew immediately what I was dealing with.
I may have over reacted.  I may have balled my eyes out.  I may have even lashed out at my hubby for his lack of empathy.

Getting rid of lice is a huge job, insanely huge! And that job was thrust upon me in the blink of an eye.

So on Wednesday past I spent the entire day nit picking, washing, drying, and scrubbing my house from top to bottom.  I have not stopped! I am cleaning the bed clothes every day!

The pillows, blankets, sheets and stuffers are all taking daily tumbles in the dryer.  Morning and night going through everyone’s hair, in hopes of finding nothing… because if you find just one, you pretty much have to start over. I have about 15 bags of stuff in quarantine as well.

But, since I always try to look at the bright side.  My house is sparkling clean and ready for the holidays!

That’s what I had to tackle this week – what about you?

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.

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Though I was born Jennifer, please don't call me that. It makes me feel like I am in trouble. Just call me Jen. Or @Jen_Banks if you are looking for me on Twitter. I am the mother of two insanely loud and active boys - 7 and 2.5 - who keep me hopping from morning 'til night. For nearly five years I've written at my blog, A Busy Mommy, about my life as a mom, milestones for my boys, and everything else in between. You can also find my posts on FisherPricePlay.ca, and I have recently taken on the Tackle It Tuesday column for 5MinutesforMom.com.

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1 Nancy November 13, 2012 at 6:58 am

Ewwwww. How awful. I never had to deal with that problem when my boys were growing up — I hope you’ve conquered those pesky pests.


2 BarbaraLee November 13, 2012 at 8:08 am

I had it in my daycare, which is in my home, 3 times in one year. You want to talk about upset. I almost quit.


3 PatriciaWF November 13, 2012 at 9:28 am

Ugh, lice. How many times did I see complaints of that in the ER? Mothers upset because her kids aren’t “dirty” and their family members “shower everyday.”
I wish the assumption that the mother is a bad house cleaner would just go away. Lice are opportunists and can be found in the cleanest environments.
But back to your house, I’m so sorry you had to go through a frustrating process, but it sounds like your house probably looks fantastic.
Any new cleaning tips you came by during this process? ;)


4 Angie G November 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

Once you get rid of them use tree tea shampoo for preventive measures. My kids have use it since they started school and we have never had them.(knock on wood)


5 Sarah November 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Oh YUCK! We had lice earlier this year. *gag* Not a happy camper was I. I still have nightmares from when I was a kid, so having my daughter with it really freaked me out.
After spending WAY too much on chemical versions of getting rid of it, we found LiceFreee. It has 3 different forms: shampoo/conditioner in one (preventative & treatment), a spray, and the gel stuff like RID. It’s homeopathic, and really does work. Has Tea Tree Oil in it, which is really good for keeping them away.


6 Kim Foster, MD November 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Ha! Good timing! I literally *just* posted about head lice a few days ago on Yummy Mummy Club: http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/blogs/dr-kim-foster-wicked-health/20121107/how-to-treat-head-lice
It’s treating head lice 101 (everything a mom needs to know).


7 Terra Heck November 16, 2012 at 5:29 am

I’ve had to deal with lice on my kids a couple times in the past. Once was when my daughter was 2 and just went in for hernia surgery. The nurse came out saying they couldn’t go ahead with the surgery because they found nits in her hair. Embarrassing! Anyone, dirty or clean, can get lice but I feel for ya. I’ve bawled my eyes out when it happened to us.


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