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Life Hacks for Working Moms

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Being a working mom is no easy feat. You must balance work, provide for and look after your children. It can feel like a circus where you have no idea how to breathe or what to do next. That’s why we’re here with some amazing hacks that’ll make your life as a working mom more orderly and easier to manage.

Here are some life hacks that’ll save your life and streamline things when you think you’re losing control.

Reduce Clutter

The less you have lying around, the easier it will be to clean up. You don’t have to become a full-on minimalist, but decluttering a few times a year can help you manage your household better.

Let’s not forget clutter can trigger anxiety and stress. Simplify your life by only keeping well-loved belongings in your home.

Prep Meals in Advance

Juggling work and food prep is not an easy task. So, prepare the week’s meals and notice how much it reduces your stress. You can get creative and set up a menu board for the week to avoid your kids asking, “what’s for dinner?” at 9 in the morning.

Plus, with meal planning, you’ll make fewer trips to the grocery store and save money by cutting down on fast-food takeouts.

You can opt for two super easy meals every week like waffles, roast, or spaghetti, keep one day for dining out, and one for takeaway. You can also start using Crockpot recipes to make your life easier.

Create Simple Routines

Having a routine will make your family life simple. Set a pattern for your kids to teach them when to wake up, brush their teeth, and get dressed in the morning. Put together an afternoon routine where they’ll do homework, have a few hours of outdoor fun, and screen time.

It also helps children feel safe and secure as they know what to expect daily. There’ll be fewer struggles and a more positive atmosphere at home.

Simplify Your Family Schedule

Nowadays, family schedules are over-packed with countless activities. There’s no time left to breathe for children and parents alike. You may be tempted to put your children into multiple programs for sports, music, or other extracurricular, but it can harm them. Children need free time to learn and develop, and you must ensure they get this free time.

Have a Shared Family Calendar

Simplify your life further by having a shared family calendar. This way, you and your partner can see what’s happening in the week ahead even when you’ve forgotten it. Use it for everything: groceries, trips to the mall, self-care time, and family bonding times.

 

It’s Okay to Ask for Help

You don’t have to do it alone, and you don’t have to get it all together. If you try to do everything yourself, you’ll burn out faster. Ask your partner for help, call your friends and family, and hire service if you can when you need an extra hand. Remember, raising a family takes a village!

Say No to Mom Guilt

It’s easy to get carried away and let the stress get the best of us. However, let go of the pursuit of perfection. You don’t need to stop worrying about whether you’re doing a good enough job or not. You’re a good mom, and you need to know that. Making mistakes, losing your temper, and saying something you regret are part of the process. Don’t beat yourself up; keep trying to do your best.

Don’t Overlook Your Needs

Being a working mom is tough. You’ll seldom find the time for the self-care you need, but you’ll have to make time. Check-in with yourself daily: how are you feeling? Are you eating healthy, moving your body, drinking plenty of water, and getting proper sleep?

Set a break time for yourself. You will need self-care to refuel your body and refresh your mind.

Set Achievable Goals

Try not to set unreasonable goals. Start small. Whatever your dream is, break it down into smaller chunks and work on them. Watch how far you go with each milestone and keep this short-term motivation.

Make Arduous Tasks Fun

Of course, there are things you don’t enjoy doing; perhaps it’s dishwashing or laundry folding. Change the story by making them a little less boring. Maybe watch a TV show while you do the task, listen to music you love, or get a cup of gourmet coffee! These small things will help you enjoy your dreaded tasks better.

Set House Rules

There’s nothing that runs smoother than a family running on rules. Please have a few simple rules your children know so they can behave better. You can work them out together as a family to make it a more elaborate affair. These rules will prevent unnecessary arguments and help you keep things calm in your home.

Slow Down a Little

In the rat race of life, taking a breather is essential. Stop the rush, and enjoy the little moments in life. Watch your kids as they go around being themselves. It’s okay to have downtime. Your days don’t need to be packed with things. Have a weekend doing nothing, stop the rush, and practice mindfulness.

Start Giving Your Children Responsibilities

You’ll be amazed to find out how much children can help. Let them learn how to help around the home by giving them age-appropriate responsibilities. Teach them how to prepare snacks, clean up after activities, wash their plates, and so on.

Prepare Ahead of Time

Last-minute tasks and rush can stress one out for hours. So, be ahead of the game and prepare early. Start with little steps earlier, like prepping lunches, having backpacks ready, programming the washing machine, and other things. Rushed mornings are awful and being prepared will set a positive tone for the day.

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