Ax the Apologies

Listen, ladies. Let's just come to an agreement right here and now. Stop apologizing for the state of your home every time you open the door. You all do it. That heavy front door swings open with a creak and the screaming, cavorting chaos comes rolling out from behind you in waves. You stand there, trying to erect a human blockade of social niceties that will fool the unexpected visitor. And inevitably, it comes spilling out of your mouth like verbal vomit....more
Thanks, Jen! Yes, I agree. Comfort means different things to different people. I want my kids to ...more

VIDEO: House Cleaning Hacks for Slackers

Last minute playdate with a sancti-mommy? Surprise visit from your mother-in-law? Never fear. SLACKER MOM is back with a brand-new episode. In this video, we share our cleaning hacks, some serious and some… not so much. Because you’re already keeping tiny humans alive. Who has time to clean?...more

The Great Housekeeping Slide, 2010-2016

When I was growing up, my family's house was spotless. Maybe not really, especially when my siblings and I were young, but that's how it always seemed to me. That has been the standard to which I've compared myself since the beginning of my adult life. However, it's occurred to me recently that my cleaning and housekeeping habits have...shall we say...evolved over the years. For me, the beginning of marriage and of my adult life occurred at the same time--2010--so this is where I'll begin to describe what I've started to think of as the great housekeeping slide....more

Are you too clean for your own good?

When I had young children, I cleaned and cleaned. Every new spot drew my attention. I'm talking 60s & 70s. I can't remember what I used in the water, but I'd say hard work made up the lack of a strong cleaning product. One bad accident put me off my overzealous ways....more

5 Easy Ways To Tackle Summer Messes

Recently, I wrote an article that gives idead how to keep your kids busy this summer. I'll admit to some of the activities I mentioned being a potential mess disaster waiting to happen. And if you are anything like me, cleaning is not necessarily the most fun way to spend your summer vacation, am I right?...more

Good Enough.

What do you think constitutes a “good” parent?I wonder about this often.  Am I a good enough parent?It seems as if there are high standards to live up to–a squeaky clean house, healthy (organic?) food, well behaved and polite children, smart or advanced children who only play with quality toys and watch little to no television.Sometimes I wonder who invented these standards, and why many parents spend so much time and energy trying to live up to them....more

Does the Laundry EVER END??

It's Friday Morning 7:10 am and I am already thinking does the laundry ever end?Up at 6am for coffee and emails, then get Kid #1 up. The slow one, the tired one, (well why do you stay up so late).  Pack #1's lunch, his backpack, his phone, his laptop, run out the door to catch the bus. Wait did you brush your teeth? Put on deoderant? Race to bus stop, s#@t did we miss the bus? Was she here already? Will I have to drive him to school? Did I pack his lunch? Phew here's the bus! (we never miss the bus)...more
No. No it doesn't and that really bugs me. ;-)more

Cleaning Schedule

Everyone needs a routine or schedule to keep their house in order. Some chores have to be done daily while others can be put off to once a week or even once a month. However the Cleaning Schedule (pictured below) circling around on Pinterest and Facebook is just ridicules. The only way this could work is if the home was childless, petless, and manless. ...more