Being a busy parent means that you often feel like you’re juggling a million things at once. You have to do things for your children, go to work, take care of the house, try and spend time as a couple and with friends and family – and maybe there’s even a pet or two that need to be taken care of. All of these things can leave you feeling like you can’t fit everything in and you never get a moment to yourself. You might have accepted that it just has to be that way, but you can change things if you want your life to be different. So how can you get some time back?
Get Some Help Around the House
Out of everything that you have to do, housework can feel like it takes up most of your time. It’s never-ending, especially when you have children in the house. Some people might find it enjoyable but a lot of people would rather be doing anything else. If you would like to save yourself some time, consider hiring a cleaner. If you can afford to pay for a cleaning service, there’s no shame in using one. You save some time, someone gets paid to do what they’re good at, and your home stays clean.
Find a Trusted Babysitter
It’s important for parents to get some alone time. But not everyone has family members or friends they can rely on for babysitting and even those who do can’t rely on them all the time. It can be difficult to trust someone to look after your children but finding a reliable babysitter can help you to get some of your own time back. Professional babysitting services can be a great choice if you don’t know anyone who can help you out. Use a service that will take care of background checks and references.
Get Everyone on a Good Schedule
The benefit of a good schedule can’t be overstated. Children often thrive on schedules because they know what to expect, and adults can benefit from having a clear schedule too. Of course, you can’t always get children to stick to an exact schedule, but it does help to have an outline of what your day will look like. It can be used not just to help everyone get ready for school on time but also to make sure everyone is helping out around the house.
Combine Different Tasks
When you have a lot to do, doing two things at once can help you to save time. However, the trick is to combine the right tasks. Helping one child with homework while you give the other bath perhaps won’t work, but cooking dinner and helping out with homework at the same time might be achievable. Think about what tasks might go together, perhaps combining something that you need to do with something that your children need to do.
Parents can get some of their time back if they plan wisely and perhaps get a little help when it’s needed.
Do you feel like you have enough time to just be you?