There’s no mistaking 2019 is in full swing, school holidays are over, kinder is back and I’ve recently met lots of our lovely customers who are returning to work for the first time since their little ones arrived.
Each new year is an adjustment, but some more so than others, especially when you have a little one starting school, kinder or day care for the first time.
I fall into two of these categories myself (school for our eldest (I cannot believe it!) and kinder for our littlest) so I have been forced to really have a think about our new routine and how we are going to manage all of our ‘life mechanics!’
I’d love to share some of my tips that may help ease the strain of this busy life stage!
Organisation is key! Having a good diary system is essential, because we all know our brains are not quite what they used to be pre-kids! Phones are great but I also find I need a visual reminder for daily tasks. This one from Kikki K is my pick.
- Thinking ahead
You know the saying… you always need to be two steps ahead. It’s never easy when you throw an unpredictable mini in the mix, but the more you can do beforehand the better.
To make mornings as stress free as possible I always try to
- Pack bags the night before
- Pack lunches the night before
- Have dinner defrosting in the fridge the night before
- Have clothes ready for the morning (including shoes!)
- Leave more time than you need
- Meal planning
Meal planning and then shopping for the week ahead saves so much time and saves money. I try to sit down on a Sunday and work out the week ahead before we shop on a Monday morning.
Knowing what you need and sticking to it not only saves additional trips to the shops during the week, but saves money and reduces waste. Triple win!
Where the budget allows, outsourcing can bring so much joy!
Cleaners, ready meals, online shopping can relieve the pressure. Such a good feeling when a job is ticked off your list for you!
- You time
A very wise woman once told me that the parents are the most important people in the household. We live in a busy era, and parental health has such an impact on the overall wellbeing of the family.
It’s therefore so important for parents that you prioritise health and wellbeing. Eat well, exercise, sleep and drink water. I find when I’m in good health the benefits translate to my family. We’re happier, more on top of our game and enjoy family life more.
Madam Heap: The School of Mindful Living run some amazing courses in meditation, mindfulness and even some mums and bubs classes. I highly recommend!
- The power of saying no
It’s a hard one to learn in a life full of opportunity, but saying no to some things can really be very empowering.
There is no doubt that raising little ones is hard work and time consuming. Accepting that you may not achieve as much as you want or intend to is one of the first steps in enjoying the fleeting ride that is raising children. That’s what I’m trying to focus on at the moment as it really does go too fast.
Enjoy the ride