I have a feeling this might be a touchy subject with some and positive it will hit a nerve with others. You know what they say, though. You can’t please everyone!
It has come to my attention that there are quite a few moms (and dads, I’m sure) out there who complain about not having enough time to get everything done in the day, such as cleaning, laundry, dishes, and other yucky junk that NEEDS to be done. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not claiming to be “super mom” by any means. Of course I have days where I don’t get everything accomplished on my to-do list that I would like. As we all know, with kids, some days are just better than others.
As another “disclaimer”, yes, I only have one child and I am home with her all day for the time being. Yes, she is still young enough to take more than one nap throughout the day, therefore making it easier for me than some to get chores done. The following suggestions I am making would probably suit someone with 2 or 3 children, especially if at least one still takes naps. Any more than that, god speed. You have more patience than me! As I said in the beginning, I’m sure this will hit a nerve with some people and it is not my intention necessarily to tick anyone off. I’m also not claiming to know what YOUR home life is like. Everyone is different. Some of the ideas I’m going to list may just not be feasible for you personally. I just wanted to take a moment and perhaps make some people realize that THEY are creating their own time management issues, therefore THEY are the only ones who can fix it!
-Does your child(ren) still take naps? Great! Nap time is your friend! Utilize this time to do something PRODUCTIVE! I am not unfamiliar with the temptations of Facebook, or Pinterest, or whatever it is that you like doing in your spare time. Those can wait until after the kids are in bed. Think of it this way. Wouldn’t you feel so much better, while you’re lying in bed at night trying to fall asleep, knowing that you got everything (or even ALMOST everything) accomplished in the day that you had intended to do? What a weight off of your shoulders and one less thing to worry about! Heck, if you get a LOT done, that’s more free time for you the next day while the kids are sleeping. Bonus! So I ask you, put the computer (or other hobby you have) in time out during naptime. They will still be there later. I promise. ;)
Here is a just a short list of things you can accomplish during nap time:
-catch up on bills
-clean the house
-pluck your eyebrows (Yes, I’ve actually done this.)
-take a bath and shave those hairy legs!
-catch up on baby books/scrapbooks (I’m guilty of needing to do this.)
-write a blog post (I’m actually writing this as Myka takes her morning nap. I TRY to practice what I preach. ;)
-catch up on work if you are lucky enough to work from home
The list goes on and on.
Have a child (or children) who doesn’t take naps? That’s not a problem either! Most young children enjoy being included in adult activities with mommy and daddy. Give them simple tasks to help you out. Even if they’re not actually helping you and you’re just keeping them occupied, they will enjoy spending time with you and think they are helping. Doing activities like this should boost their self-esteem and self-worth.
Here is another short list of things you can have your children do with you to help (or at least keep them occupied):
-Give him/her a dust rag and have her help you dust tables, furniture, etc. etc. off.
-If old enough, let him/her stand on a stool and help you rinse or dry dishes off.
-Maybe it was just me, but I always wanted to help my grandma when she baked cookies. If you’re kids are the same way, have him/her do something simple like help you get the measuring utensils out that you need, or let them pour the ingredients into the mixture.
-Want to work out, but think it’s impossible to do with rambunctious kids? Have them work out with you! Even if they’re just dancing around being silly, they will have fun and burn off extra energy, which is always a good thing, right? Maybe they’ll even go to bed early. Again, extra time for YOU! Even though my daughter still takes naps, I sometimes sit her in her swing or bouncer close by and make faces at her while I’m working out. She seems to be entertained by me sweating my butt off.
-If you have lots of rocks and twigs in your yard like we do, have him/her help you pick them up before you mow.
How do you manage your time? (Or do you? Ha!) I’d especially love to hear from those of you who have more than 2 children and/or work also.