How do you do it? You work 40 hours a week, commute eight,
cook, clean, read bed time stories, help with homework, finagle
home finances and still have time for yourself and your spouse.
Is there an easier way? Before you peanut butter that gum out
of Sarah’s hair or hnt down Cameron’s pet rat, take
a deep breath and try these helpful time management tips:
Chances are, there are some neighbor kids that frantically
dart out the door at the same time you are. Each of these
children have parents, as busy as you, and most would
love a break. Contact a few of them and arrange a carpool
system. Then, tote three to four kids to school one week,
and have two to three weeks off.
Casserole and Crock Pot
Too busy to cook every single night after work? Make
healthy casseroles the kids will love, like macaroni and
cheese, nutritious tuna or green bean casserole. Also,
use that crock pot: toss in some healthy ingredients in
the morning and go.
Can’t possibly get it all done? Learn to prioritize
your to do list, putting less critical items at the end.
If you can’t get to the less important items for
a month or more, that’s okay. Let it go.
Delegation is a critical time management skill. Are
the grandparents watching the kids next weekend and a
birthday bash just around the corner? Ask them to do the
gift shopping. Also, make sure each child also has chores
to do everyday, and that your spouse contributes his or
her fair share.
Are things a bit slow this week? You know it never stays
this calm. So take this opportunity to get ahead. Pay
bills in advance, prepare a week’s worth of meals,
finish the less pressing to-do’s and basically tie
up all your loose ends.
Who’d have thought one child could add so much to one’s
schedule. Parenting is daunting, to say the least. But with
a little finesse, you can accomplish it all – gracefully.
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