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Tips to juggle a busy life as a mum

Life as a parent is busy. Whether you are working and juggling children with work, or whether you are an at-home parent, it is still busy and stressful managing people who don’t want to be managed i.e. your kids!

Sometimes the week can feel like it is never-ending.

I’d like to share some tips to make things easier for you during the busy week.

  1. Cheat – as much as possible.

Sometimes we make life difficult for ourselves, trying to be super-woman, thinking that we can do it all. Why not take some short-cuts to make life easier.

eg if planning and cooking the evening meal isn’t your thing, then there are options you can take to make things easier. We are lucky in New Zealand to have My Food Bag – not only does it take the hassle of thinking about what you are having for dinner off your plate (excuse the pun!),  but it also takes out the nightmare of supermarket shopping with children (anyone who has read my post on supermarket shopping with kids will understand how traumatic this can be!).

Another tip would be to do your shopping online. Countdown offers an online shopping option whereby you can even plan your meals for the week. They even deliver – what can be better?

If the thought of working our what you need for a tasty meal fills you with dread, then there are a myriad of healthy meal packs springing up in the supermarket. Check out the Sachie’s Kitchen range – if you like Asian food, you’ll love these packs. Again, it takes the thinking away from you (let’s face it, sometimes it’s difficult to think too much when you have young children, isn’t it?)….they have done all the measuring so all you need to do is to add the protein and any fresh produce required. Nat and I were recently lucky enough to be sent a couple of packs to try and by gawd…they are yummy! For those who don’t know, Sachie herself is a celebrated Asian-fusion chef runs a cooking school here in Auckland. Her recipes were so popular she decided to share them with her meal kits and you can get a whole range including Pad Thai, Lemongrass Chicken and Malaysian Laksa, to name a few.pad-thai-1

A yummy solution that doesn’t involve much brain power during the working week – now you’re talking!

 

2. Split the chores

It can be soul destroying if you’re the only one doing everything around the house and with the children so make sure you divide (especially those peak breakfast and dinner / bed-times) between you both equally so one person doesn’t feel like they are doing ALL of the work.

It could be, for example, that Dad does the children’s breakfast, whilst you get a shower, or one of you is in charge of packed lunches in the morning. In the evening, one person could be in charge of bath-time whilst the other gets dinner sorted or cleared. Whatever works for you as a couple.

3. Make life as easy for yourself as possible.

Sometimes you need to just walk away. For example, if it’s a particularly challenging night getting the children down or if your partner happens to be out for the night and you are struggling to get on top of everything – then forget about clearing up until the next morning when you have more energy. And concentrate on getting the children calm and to bed. A calm bed-time routine with the children will ensure a much more pleasurable evening for yourself. An evening full of arguments and negotiations means less relaxation and much more stress for you. So – if it doesn’t have to be done right there and then – just let it go…

There you have it – 3 tips to make life easier for yourself during the week as a busy parent.

IF YOU HAVE TIPS TO SHARE THEN WE’D LOVE TO HEAR THEM.

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Jacqui Lockington is a working mum. Jacqui works full-time for an advertising agency in New Zealand and juggles life at work with being mum to two young children, Jack and Sasha. Jacqui is married to John and has published her first book with co-author, Nat - If Only They'd Told Me. She does public speaking and regularly blogs and records podcasts. Jacqui trained in journalism in London and worked in radio, newspapers, public relations and advertising before moving to New Zealand where she currently lives with her family. You can contact Jacqui at Jacqui@ifonlytheydtoldme.com