When I tell people that I am a work at home mom, they usually think that all I do is to be on the computer all day long. “You’re lucky to have all that time,” most of them say. Well, ladies and gents, this is not true. Work at home moms are as busy (and stressed) as any person working away from home. In fact, I often feel like twenty four hours are not enough to finish everything – especially now that we are without house help.
But, although time is limited, I usually get everything done by the end of the day. Daddy A and I even find the time to watch our new favorite series, Homeland, while sipping a glass of wine. :D
How is that possible?!
I do not have super powers, but I do have a partner: my husband. Keeping sane despite our busy schedules is all about team work. Before Daddy A goes to work, he helps me prepare the kids for the day. We eat breakfast with them then we give them a bath; after which we place them in their play area where they can watch their favorite shows, play with their toys and read books. I use this time to clean the house and, when the kids are not being too needy, I do the laundry too.
Since Daddy A’s work place is just a few minutes away, he usually goes home for lunch. He plays with the kids while I prepare our meal. After lunch, we clean the kids up again then we prepare them for their nap. Nap time is my time for work and blogging. The kids usually nap for two to three hours so I try to do as much as I can during this time.
Of course, it’s not always this way. There are days when Daddy A can’t come home to help. And, there are days when the kids are just too cranky and needy that I have to find a way to speed up my tasks so I can give my full attention to them. This is where my second tip comes in.
Allow me to borrow a term I got from internet marketers: automate. No, I don’t have high-tech robots in the house – although I wish I did. BUT, what I have are tools that help me work faster. For instance, I use the iMop for mopping the floor. I use a chopper and peeler when preparing our food. And instead of soaking the kids’ bottles in boiling water, we use a sterilizer that cleans the bottles in minutes. These save me a lot of time so I get to finish more tasks with the limited time I have.
My last tip is to utilize what is available online. Since we have two little ones, it’s very difficult for us to go out to shop and pay the bills. Imagine having a super hyper 2-year old running around the mall and a heavy 6-month old in a sling. Tiring! So when our nanny left, we only leave the house to do the groceries or bring the kids to Gymboree or their grandparents’ house. Shopping for appliances or tools we need in the house is often done through Home Shopping Network and our go-to online store for clothes and shoes – Zalora. Bills are paid via online or mobile banking.
Moms and Dads, it really is possible to balance work and family life. You just need to pull a few tricks out of the hat so you can finish certain tasks faster to give time for the most important of all: family.
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