Managing Your Time As A Parent

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Getting everything done when you’re a parent is a mission. On top of meeting the needs of your kids, there may be other commitments to juggle such as a job, housework, time with your partner and time with other family and friends.

Keeping on top of all these commitments involves time management skills. Here are just a few ways in which you can become better at time management and get everything done.

Create a daily priority list

Sometimes you can’t get everything done in a day that you’d like to get done. Creating a priority list ensures that the most important tasks aren’t forgotten. If you’re about to run out of diapers, shopping for new diapers could be something to prioritize – tasks like cleaning the bathroom or seeing a friend may be able to wait. Kids can be unpredictable, so be prepared for your priorities to change.

Establish daily routines and rituals

Daily routines and rituals could also prevent important tasks from getting forgotten. This could include allocating time in the evening each day to do some laundry, wash up and hoover. You don’t want to let laundry or dirty dishes pile up – such tasks could take longer to do and you may then struggle to find the time to do them.

Routines can also be beneficial for kids. A bedtime routine may encourage kids to know when it is time for bed so that getting them to sleep is less of a battle.

Learn to multitask effectively

There are certain tasks that you may be able to multitask. If you’ve got a baby, you may be able to put them in a carrier while you do the washing up – rather than waiting for them to nap in order to wash up. Not all tasks should be multi-tasked and some could do more harm than good. For instance, if you work from home, you may not be able to concentrate on work and look after a baby.

Get your kids to help

Kids may be able to help with tasks. In fact, setting chores for older kids could be essential for teaching them to be independent. In the case of younger kids, you may still be able to encourage them to help. For instance, you could turn tidying up into a fun game by getting them to put all their toys away within a time limit or doing it while dancing to music.

Allow others to help

When it comes to tasks like work, it may be necessary to arrange childcare. If friends and family aren’t able to step in, there may still be options like day care or a babysitter. If you live with a partner, you should also make sure that they’re doing their fair share of housework/looking after the kids.

Schedule free time for yourself

It’s important that on top of all the other tasks, you’re also getting time to yourself. If you’re not looking yourself, you can’t be expected to look after all of your commitments. Schedule allotted time each week and get someone to look after the kids if necessary. By scheduling this time, you can more easily make plans in advance, allowing you to make the best use of your free time.  

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. There are no affiliate links included in this post. All thoughts are my own and no other’s. This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC

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