Lets preface this by saying: I am a very busy mom and I’m sure that you are, too.
I have four kids
I am a play therapist (part time)
I have two blogs and contribute to another one
I am a stay-at-home mom (most of the time) and take care of everything here (house, meals, shopping, bills, etc…)
I am sure that your list is full… or more full!
Ok- now let me say… sometimes I feel like my mind is too full. Seriously! I am reminding myself to go to soccer at 5:15 on Tuesdays at Field A, 5:00 on Thursdays at Field B and 3:30 on Sundays at Field B. (Why all the different times and locations? Don’t they know that this Mom has a lot on her mind without remembering which day to go where! haha! PS- Field A and Field B are 30 minutes apart!)
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I am reminding myself to submit my hours for work, to submit the box tops for our son’s school and to submit the health-care paperwork to our other son’s preschool.
I remind myself that I owe $20 for the fundraiser that I am supporting, $20 for the toy that my wonderful neighbor picked up for our son while it was on Sale (for Christmas… planning ahead!) and $150 for soccer for two kids (yes- two kids… plus all of the equipment! Imagine when all four kids play!)
I just wanted to write a post to say… I’m in that same situation and here is a little hope for us:
Its OK if we forget something!
It really is! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If you forget about practice, not a big deal. If you forget to pay that soccer fee, they will remind you. If you forget to turn in paperwork- they will send you another copy.
Here is how we can (TOGETHER) manage this:
1- Have it in one place. Know what you need to do, where you need to be, etc… and have it all in one spot. Did you see my post a while back on having a home command center? If you don’t have one, get one!
2- Is it on your calendar? Make sure to put everything on your calendar. Make a family calendar with these tips, if you don’t have one yet.
3- Give up some responsibility and let someone else help. This one is very hard for me, because I feel putting someone else out. I feel bad making anyone else take over what is my responsibility, but if they are offering to help, I will let them. When my parents or my in-laws offer to take the kids somewhere or watch them while I work or run an errand, I feel guilty because I feel like I am taking time away from them or away from the kids, but I will accept the help. (I can get so much more things done in that time frame if I don’t have my sweeties with me.)
4- Lay out everything the night before to get your day started right.
5- Don’t get sidetracked. This is easy to do with electronics, but stay focused on what you have to do first. (Work before play… just like we learned when we were children).
6- Plan out your meals ahead of time to save yourself stress later in the day. (Here is my post on this) Here is one on grocery shopping to make healthy & cheaper meals, too.
You are welcome to follow my board on Pinterest for easy dinner recipes with little prep time.
Ok- I hope that helped you a bit! Have a great day!
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