I’m excited to have my very first guest post on my site! Her name is Zara (Twitter: @ZaraELewis) and she is a mother of three. She’s also a life coach, writer, content editor on High Style Life, fitness & yoga enthusiast, and passionate promoter of a healthy lifestyle. For her free time (we all know it’s limited for mothers), she enjoys reading a good book or practicing yoga. If there’s more than just an hour or two, she and her family grab their bikes or backpacks and usually go somewhere out of the city they live in. Zara knows how busy mother life gets so she is going to share her helpful tips on how to organize your hectic life.
Life’s a funny thing. One day you wake up exhausted, stressed, your kids screaming, your breakfast burning and you wonder why on earth did you decide to sign up for this? And then, before you know it, those kids are all grown up and you long for those chaos-filled days where you barely had time to think, let alone sleep. As mothers, our work is hard and demanding, with little room for error. If we’re stressed and lost all the time, that takes its toll on both us and our children. So, in order to help you bond with your kids, while remaining sane and accomplishing chores more easily during the day, let me give you a few tips to help you out.
1. Start early
Babies are little bundles of joy and loudness, completely dependent on you for everything. There’s a good way to provide your tiny darling all the love and care they need while making sure you don’t have to go through separation anxiety. I used to babywear both of my kids since their very first day, which, enabled me to go around the house, finishing my work, while also holding my child close. You can search for some great baby carriers online and once you see the instructions and figure out how to use it, these wraps and slings can really help you organize your time better because your baby will always be within your reach. You don’t have to fret and rush to check up on them every two minutes. Children respond to it well because a mother’s touch is soothing and they will never feel lonely. My kids are not babies anymore, but I can honestly say that this helped me build a strong bond with them early on while being efficient in doing my chores at the same time.
2. Try exercising with your kids
Staying fit with kids in the house can be nightmarishly hard if you have little time on your hands. You can’t really cook separate meals just for yourself, and going to the gym three times a week is next to impossible. So, rely on one of the most fun hacks for busy moms, which can actually teach your children to take care of their bodies and become sporty early on – working out with your kids. There are a ton of things you can do, from riding bikes together to taking dancing classes. Teach your kids how to play a sport. My husband would join us lots of time while we are doing these workouts, so we often spend some quality time together this way.
3. Teach them to help around the house
If you’re someone who picks up after their kids all the time, you should know you’re not doing them any favours. Sure, it’s easier to do something yourself because you know you’ll do it right, but kids need to be taught responsibility early on. Have them help around the house by doing small chores, and soon they will become good at it and you won’t have to waste so much time just cleaning after them. While they are very young, teach them to always put their toys away after they finish playing, and as they grow older, they can help you with things like loading the dishwasher, setting up the table, and even helping you prepare meals. This way, you’re teaching them useful skills and making sure they understand that hard work is important.
4. Plan your meals
Cooking can take a lot of time, and it will stress you out if you have to keep asking yourself “Oh god, what creative, magical dish am I going to whip up in twenty minutes before the kids come home from school?” Meal planning is one of the essential busy mom hacks. Make a list of dishes that you know how to make, and then make a two-week meal plan. You can change things up as you see fit, but this way, you’ll always have something to fall back on. You will know exactly which groceries to get, so you won’t have to make a trip to the store every day. If your kids are picky or have allergies, keep a list of foods that they can eat
on your fridge, so you can look at it whenever you need.
The most important thing for you is to know that it’s okay to just take a rest sometimes. If you are exhausted and upset, rely on your spouse and ask for help. You have to put yourself first occasionally because your kids will benefit from it. You can’t help them if your nerves are raw, so take time for yourself to rest and recuperate. Both you and your loved ones will enjoy the time you spend together a lot more if you’re relaxed and happy.