Moms & the Art of Delegation

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

Load Up on Compliments

This is truly the key. "Nice job," is an excellent motivator, but get creative. "You’re a dusting diva!" "Way to drive that vacuum cleaner!" Your enthusiasm and positive feedback reinforce good performance much like an approving nod from your boss brightens your workday.

Rewards? It’s up to you. It may help to have a carrot (and it may help if that carrot is not an actual vegetable). Your incentive plan can be cumulative such as earning points toward a movie date, or give immediate gratification (a family game with chore completion). Think of it as a paycheck the IRS can’t touch.

Wondering what mom is worth? See for yourself and print mom out a Mother's Day paycheck!