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  1. I used your graphic on a post about my favorite homemaking books (goes live tomorrow morning). I linked it back to your blog. If that’s not okay, please let me know and I will remove it. Thanks!

  2. Not totally me, but my husband appreciates what little I am able to do and understands that my 12 hour days leave little time for housekeeping.

  3. Thank you for writing this. My sister recently turned me to your blog, and I’m so glad she did. I really need to practice these more. I love when my house is clutter free, however that seems to be very rare. I’m also bad about wanting to do it all myself. Thank you for giving me something to pray and think about.

  4. This post is a good reminder for me! Especially point 4 about enlisting the help of others. I do it some but not enough and can’t keep up. Some of my children tend to complain and I hate that so I don’t ask as much as I should. I know that is wrong. It is wrong for ALL of us. Recently my husband and I started working hard to fix this problem. Some days are better, but not consistently. Do you have any hints for getting children to help out cheerfully?

    1. I’ve written a little bit about children’s chores over at my family website. Training early helps establish cheerful attitudes, as oftentimes the younger they are, the more eager they are to pitch in. Beyond that, I recommend working side-by-side along with them (make sure your own attitude stays cheerful :-)), setting a timer and racing the clock to finish the work, and/or playing some lively, the upbeat music in the background.

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