As parents, we love our kids to bits and would do just about anything for them. However, there are times when your schedule can be very demanding –usually from work, keeping the home clean, and/or the rigors of trying to raise well-behaved children.
All these things, necessary though they may be, can sometimes be quite stressful and overwhelming for even a super parent. So, what do you do when you find yourself overwhelmed? How can you make parenting and taking care of your kids feel easier?
Order Pre-Cooked Meals
Sometimes, it can feel like all you do is feed the kids all day –makes you wonder if they have hidden crevices in their bellies.
Well, instead of handling all the cooking, why not just order pre-cooked meals from places like Home Chef, Blue Apron, or any other local catering service. All you have to do is microwave or steam the food and it’s ready. No need to start cooking from scratch.
Make Out Time for Yourself and Your Partner
It’s hard to juggle parenting and romance. Sometimes, you can be so beat that you really don’t think you have anything more to give. But you’re in this with a partner. And to make the marriage work, you need to tend to each other’s needs.
So, even when you don’t feel like it, make out some time for your partner. Could be a couple of hours a week where you get a babysitter and the both of takeoff to go do something fun, or just hang out and talk to each other. Also, take some time for yourself –could be 30 minutes a day.
Believe me, this will make your marriage and parenting feel much easier as a happier partner is a more cooperative and supportive one.
Get Aids and Equipment
One of the best things about modern technology is that there are a ton of home appliances and equipment that can make your life incredibly easier.
These appliances can literally do the heavy lifting, and allow you to focus on only the most important things. For example, you don’t have to go over the house with a vacuum cleaner all the time.
Simply get an automated vacuum cleaner like iRobot or Roomba and it’ll do all that for you. Another good example is transporting a disabled member of the family in the home. A stairlift can make this very easy.
Have a More Relaxed Schedule
“I have a lot of free time on my hands today,” said no parent ever. The reality is parenting and life takes up all your time. However, an effective hack that’s worked for us is leaving our schedule free and fluid 1-2 days a week –usually during the weekends as the kids don’t have to be in school.
On days like this, have some plans, but not rigid ones. For instance, every weekend, we plan to just go do something fun. Sometimes, the kids will decide, other times we decide. The goal is to make the process fun and exciting for everyone.
And most of the time, we’ll go and make a day of it, come back home and everyone is all the happier for it. We’re happy, the kids are happy, and most importantly, we don’t feel as stressed –exhausted yes, but not stressed. In fact, now that I think of it, we mostly look forward to the weekends because it’s fun ;). You can do the same too.