The short answer is yes, you can and still get things done.
Wouldn’t it be nice if bills paid themselves and bathrooms were self-cleaning?
But they don’t and they’re not, so it’s up to you to handle these tasks. BUT…you have kids. And they want and deserve your time, and you want and deserve to enjoy your children. So how can you ensure that you have this quality time and avoid bill collectors and dirty tubs?
Sounds Impossible, But It CAN Be Done.
Perhaps the easiest way is to work that quality time in between chores. For instance, read a story, then have them play while you vacuum or dust. Then play a game, put them down for a nap and prepare dinner. Of course, every day won’t be as structured as that, but if you try you might be surprised at how much you can accomplish and still not leave your children to their own devices, or feel as if you’re somehow neglecting them.
There are other things you can do to make time for all of the things that need doing and still be a parent. Take a look at these tips; you’re sure to find something that will work for you.
Not Enough Time In the Day?
Everyone makes do with the same amount of time every day, but it’s how you use that time that counts. Believe it or not, there are ways to plan your day around chores and time with your child.
One mom made a great suggestion to use a kitchen timer throughout the day. Time your household chore activity, and when the timer goes off, stop immediately and spend time with your child. After a timed activity, go back to your chore.
Keep a schedule. Make a chart and hang it somewhere. You might make a checklist of small chores you can do quickly (that take less than an hour total) so you can get things done. Or, break up your home into zones and give yourself ten minutes per day in one zone to clean. Don’t try to do any big task that takes longer than those ten minutes–save those for another day.
Housework AND Fun Time!
Every mom knows that multitasking is essential when it comes to children and chores. You CAN spend time with your precious little ones and still accomplish things every day.
You can make games out of some household activities, so you can get things done and spend quality time together. Putting folded clothes away, making the beds and picking up toys around the house can all be made into some sort of game. Get creative. Role-playing can be really fun when doing these chores; for example, your child might be a Clothes-a-saurus who has to gobble up…er, pick up…all the clothes on the floor. Or, they need to feed Hungry Hamper, so they have to hurry and get all the clothes to the hamper before it gets TOO hungry. You get the idea.
Try giving your little one an apron and even small rubber gloves. Designate them “Mommy’s Little Helper” (stitch or draw that label on the apron!) and have them do simple tasks. (Remember: don’t redo what they’ve done–let them feel like they’ve REALLY helped). You can even incorporate little dances while vacuuming and mopping.
At the end of the day, don’t beat yourself up over what didn’t get done. There’s always tomorrow.
Editor’s Note: Harrison Howe is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.