Monday, February 27, 2012

Time management for parents

By Sheridan Tax & Bookkeeping

One of the things that mothers with young children often struggle with is finding time for themselves and yet this is a key ingredient to having a healthy family. It is important to keep in touch with who you are and to hang onto those long-term goals. Just because your plans may be thwarted for a few years does not mean your goals need to be abandoned. Here are five survival tactics to get you through these difficult years.

1. Don’t try to tackle everything yourself. Divide the household responsibilities. Make up a chart showing the various household tasks and the family members assigned to them. Even young children can take on jobs such as putting away toys, cleaning, and setting the table.

2. Don’t try to be a Super parent. It’s not the end of the world if your house is not immaculate or the breakfast dishes are still in the sink. Timesaving gadgets, short cuts and space savers may all be very helpful in managing a family. But they’re not as important as love. And love takes no time at all.

3. Monitor your children’s activities. The modern family is typically too active. Be careful you are not enrolling your children in too many activities. They need enough involvement to keep them from getting bored, but too much will keep you racing from one event to another.
4.Some people are adept at doing more than one thing at a time. Take advantage of this by using a cordless phone or even a hands-free headset. You can talk to your friends while you fold laundry, make dinner or tidy the house. You might also clean the bathroom while the kids are in the tub, vacuum while the wash is on the go, or iron while you listen to the news.
5. Don’t sacrifice exercise. There are many Stroller Clubs, where you can push your child in the stroller while getting to know other moms or dads. Take a craft class or join a gym where they provide babysitting. You will have to adjust your schedule to maximize your use of time. Go to bed earlier. Get up first so you don’t have to share the bathroom. And take a nap when the baby does.

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