Parenting is no easy task and everyone seems to have an opinion on what is best for your kids. Recently I have made the change from full-time working mom to a stay at home mom. Let me say it has been an big adjustment, but I am loving it! So I put together 5 tips that I have used over the past few months that have made a huge difference in improving myself and my family.
1.) Don’t Forget About Yourself
It is easy to forgot about yourself being a mom as everyone else in the family gets taken care of first! Don’t forget to take care of yourself! Whether you like going to salon, reading, or exercising, etc. Anything that you get to do by yourself is key to keeping yourself the best mom and wife to your family.
2.) Put your Children in Activities
Enrolling your kids in activities doesn’t haven’t to be expensive, I just put my daughter in swimming lessons at local swim club for 6 weeks and it only cost $55.00. As soon as I enrolled my daughter I noticed a big difference in her confidence she is very proud of her self for being able to accomplishing tasks and getting validation her her swim instructor.
3.) Meeting Other Stay At Home Moms
By having your kids enrolled in activities it also allows you to meet other stay at home moms or even just going to the park and getting out. This is great for the kids as you can arrange play dates and mom dates as well. It is great to have relationship with other stay at home moms who can relate to what is going on in your own life.
4.) Weekly Meal Planning
I used to rush home from work and look in the cupboards and try to throw together a meal. My approach to cooking has completely changed, every Sunday I take about 30 minutes out of the day and write down my meals for each day of the upcoming week. As I write down my meal plan I go through my cupboards and make a grocery list of what I will need to get the following day. By having set meals for each day it has simplified my life so much and allows me to have more time with my husband and kids.
5.) Getting Up Before the Kids
Waking up before my kids has by far been the best thing I have ever done. I am able to get the day started by doing laundry, meal prep, cleaning,have morning coffee to myself or with my husband. Whatever tasks that need to get completed that day I get a head start and I get them finished in half the time since I don’t have to worry about the kids!
I hope some of my tips can help you simplify and improve your family life, Please share if you have any other tips I would love to hear what has worked for your own family.