The following is a guest post by Grace Pamer of Romantic Frugal Mom.
Without a doubt, being a work-at-home mom is a full time job. Daily tasks such as laundry, cooking, cleaning and taking care of little ones makes the day go by quickly. Sometimes you feel that whilst you spend a large quantity of time at home with your children, not much of it feels like quality time. Here are some tips to help you balance the work load so you can have more time with your kids.
1. Get organized.
The first rule of thumb is to make a calendar of household tasks and spread them out throughout the week – then stick to it. Sometimes we create more work for ourselves, not recognizing that some things can wait or be done less frequently. Getting organized will free up time for you that you didn’t know you had.
2. There is no such thing as perfection.
You have children and, quite frankly, people will wonder what you’ve done with them if your house looks like it did before you had them. Relax and accept that your home doesn’t have to hide the fact that you have kids! It’s ok to have a little clutter, some dishes in the sink or crumbs on the carpet. Just stick to your schedule and stop trying to keep an immaculate house with little “debris tornadoes” at home.
3. Incorporate children into daily household activities and make them fun.
Children love to feel useful and they thrive on praise from their parents. Even if your child is very young, you can give him or her a dish towel and plastic cup to try and dry, just like mom does. There are wonderful household toys for toddlers, like vacuums and pretend cookware, so your child can have quality time with you even when you have to do certain tasks like cooking and cleaning. There are even little grocery carts to make shopping for groceries a treat.
4. Plan to get out of the house each day.
No matter how little free time you might have, just a little break from the home can be extremely beneficial to you and your children. Go to the pond and feed the ducks, have a picnic lunch at the park instead of at home or take a little nature walk and write down all of the critters you see. Once again, it isn’t the quantity, it is the quality of the time you spend with your kids that matters.
5. The final tip: Take care of yourself.
No matter how fun an activity might be, if you are stressed, exhausted or even a bit grouchy, your children will pick up on it. You need to take time for yourself no matter what it takes. Enlist your hubby so that you can take that relaxing bubble bath uninterrupted or go for a jog before dinner. A great way to recharge is to exchange play dates with neighbors so that you can help each other get a little rest and relaxation. However, use the time for you, not to catch up on chores or cleaning. For true quality time you need to feel good, energized and in the moment – so be sure to schedule some time for yourself as well.
Photo: John Carleton
Grace Pamer is a work from home mom and the author of www.RomanticFrugalMom.com, one woman’s on going quest to keep romance alive despite modern day time pressures. Check out her love letters for her section if you need help writing a love letter to your nearest and dearest because of a hectic schedule. Do like her on Facebook so you can keep up to step with her blog!