Sometimes there's simply way too much to get done in a single day when you're a parent. There's the laundry, home maintenance, car maintenance, work, kids, your partner, yourself . . . everything needs attention and there's never enough time. Usually, something gives and you excel in one area and a few others really suffer. I'm no pro at the balancing act myself, but I have picked up a few tips that help tremendously.
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Ask for Help With Chores
You know that friend or family member who always "Let me know if you need a babysitter" or "I'm here if you need me" that you never ask for help because you think they just said it to be nice? Take them up on it. Give yourself time to get some things done. Personally, I'd be pretty excited to be able to fold and put away my laundry. That's something I don't want someone else to do that I find super rewarding and that gives me a sense of organization and togetherness. If I can get that done then I feel on top of things. The longer you wait to do things, the more it piles up and the harder it becomes. Ask for help while it's still simple. This means even asking your partner and kids to pitch in. When Savannah was born I told my husband that it was up to him to wash and put away his own clothes now, and he has ever since (unless I actually have time to do it). Now that Savannah is 6 I have her help me load her clothes in the wash not easy while holding the baby) and then put away her clothes later.
If I can get that done then I feel on top of things. The longer you wait to do things, the more it piles up and the harder it becomes. Ask for help while it's still simple. This means even asking your partner and kids to pitch in. When Savannah was born I told my husband that it was up to him to wash and put away his own clothes now, and he has ever since (unless I actually have time to do it). Now that Savannah is 6 I have her help me load her clothes in the wash not easy while holding the baby) and then put away her clothes later.
Create a Rotating Chore Schedule
Not everything needs to be done at all times. When you have too many plates in the air, they all fall down. Come up with a system based on a rotating schedule where items of higher priority are handled first, then the other items are handled next time, and so on. If your schedule doesn't allow for this then take some of the pressure off yourself by saying no to things more often, and simplifying your schedule. Don't sign the kids up for so many activities (or maybe start a carpool so you don't have to handle busing them around all the time). Combine credit cards and cut a few costs (do you really need that TV service?) so you have fewer bills to watch for and pay. Doing the work to set up a schedule will totally pay off in the months and years to come (plus make you feel super organized).
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