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  1. "I let my husband relax after work before asking him about the housework. Incentives also work: 'Let's do one load of laundry tonight. Then we can enjoy a movie.'”― Theo-Ann Johnson, Fort Collins, Colo.
  2. "My husband and I decided to share chores, and we picked the ones we like to do best. He enjoys food shopping, on Saturday mornings, and I would rather cook during the week. When we feel part of a team, neither one of us gets resentful when it's time to do our chores."― Susan Spencer, Basking Ridge, N.J.
  3. "I kneel down, look them in their eyes and say, 'Mommy needs your help.' My kids like to be rewarded with a dinner of their choice, which they get to help me make. I give the child being honored a special plate."― Conny Listermann, Cincinnati
  4. "I pretend to be on the phone with a friend, and when I hang up, I start running around, frantic, saying, 'Company's coming! Help me clean up fast!' In no time, we have the house cleaned, and darn if the company doesn't show up!" ― Becky Bishop, Arcola, Ill.
  5. "I give my husband a list of tasks. He likes to mark off each one when he finishes. It gives him a sense of accomplishment, and it helps me out a lot."― Cindi Andrews, Lufkin, Texas
  6. "I just started having my 11-year-old and 13-year-old do their laundry because they kept complaining about not having any socks. I put explicit typed instructions next to the appliances. So far, no white clothes are pink. They know that everyone who lives here must help."― Robyn Henning, Nutley, N.J.
  7. All You magazine had the pleasure of getting to know the author of The Cross Country Quilters, an avid quilter who lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and her two sons. In addition to the 13 novels she’s written in the Elm Creek Quilt series, Jennifer has written two books of quilt patterns based on the quilts in her books, and designs quilt fabrics inspired by her characters.