The phone is ringing out; your youngest is having a temperature tantrum and you need to attend an important appointment in fifteen minutes. Does this scenario ring bells with you. Largerfamilylife.com offers a few tips to help keep you sane.
Schedule Both Family Time and Me Time
We would all hate to think that our children believe we have no time for them. Look at your day and try to leave the time you kids are most likely to need you, free.
It is important to have time for yourself too and unless you are dealing with teenagers who spend most of the time in their rooms, you are not going to get it unless you plan it.
Rely on a Support Network
Having a close friend who you can unload on to and discuss problems with is priceless.
Garnering support from family, your parents or a sister or brother who is happy to take your children to theirs or out for the day to give you a break.
Work with your children’s friends parents, share the school run, encourage sleepovers so you get a whole evening to yourself from time to time.
Embrace the Busy
There will always be something that needs doing. The key is not to rush at each task.
Prioritise jobs and remember, there will always be yet another to follow it.
Learn to control your stress. Stress mainly comes from a fear of failure. There really is nothing to fear, focus entirely on each task and complete it to the best of your ability.
Don’t Burn Out – Eat Well and Stay Caffeinated in the Mornings
Nutritionists will tell you rightly that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
A health balanced meal when you break your evening fast will provide energy for the day ahead and will help your powers of concentration.
Wash breakfast down with a cup or two of good coffee. Coffee has many beneficial effects. For example, there is a link between regular coffee consumption and a reduced risk of some types of cancer. Also, the incidence of type 2 diabetes in people who regularly imbibe caffeine is lower.
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Menu Planning and Bulk Shopping Helps Save Time
Sit down once a week or even fortnightly and plan your meals for the next period. This isn’t as difficult as it sounds because most people have the same or something similar for breakfast each day and dinner is often a sandwich or a tin of soup.
Once you know what you are having, go out and buy the ingredients. Planning in this way will also save you money because you won’t buy things you don’t need and you will have less waste.
Think of the time you will save only having to visit the hypermarket one a week instead of every other day. Your shop should be quicker too because you know exactly what you need.