Everyone always asks how I keep everything straight, schedule everything, and look like everything is running smoothly. The reality is that I do drop the ball sometimes – as do most moms. We are rushing from gym class, dance class, and hockey to arts, piano, and everything else. If you are working full time outside the home, you find it a challenge. If you are working full time (or even part-time) from home, you find it a challenge. Heck, if you are a full-time domestic goddess, you probably find it challenging. There is no easy way to be a mom!
I have found a few tips that have made my life just that much easier since becoming mom. After becoming a parent, I never thought I would need an alarm again. I am not a morning person, but my beautiful children are, and usually am woken up by two bouncy monkeys who are ready to start their day. Now, once I teach them how to make my tea and bring it to me, that will be awesome. However, until that happens, I stumble through getting up, getting downstairs, feeding them, and getting them out the door. This year, I made a change. I have an iPhone and I set timers (alarms) on my phone so every day it tells me what I need to do and when.
So a sample schedule of what our morning might look like:
7:15- The girls need to be eating (a little chime goes off).
7:40- The girls need to be going to their rooms to get dressed (a different chime).
Next, a lovely chime goes off to tell me that, at 8:00 am, lunches need to be finished and placed in their backpacks and I need to check to make sure final touches are ready for the day.
A final “warning” bell chimes 10 minutes before we need to leave.
But here is the interesting thing- after about a month, I didn’t have to tell the girls what to do. They heard the little bells/chimes and just did it. It has made my “busy mom” mornings that much easier. We all know our expectations and we all follow through. No fighting, no screaming. I was actually setting the alarms for me, but in reality – we all use them.
I actually even set alarms to remind me to eat during the day- I get working, and without other people around, I forget what time it is! I have bells/whistles/chimes for all the kids’ activities, so we haven’t been late and I remember where we are going…. so no wake-up bell – but happy sounds from a family that knows what they need to do and where they need to be. Busy mom? Happy mom.
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