In today’s hectic world, moms need a little bit of help here and there. And every mom, whether she works outside the home, from home, or doesn’t even work a paying job at all is a very busy mom. Being a mom of four means that I’ve developed a variety of tips and tricks that I keep up my sleeve to stay sane. Some of the tricks and tools I use to stay sane are more obvious than others.
Mom’s Survival Tool Box
- Use your resources, and that includes your spouse, partner, children, friends, and family. Remember that it truly takes a village to raise a child, so ask fro help. Being a martyr never got you anything except migraines and stomach aches! Sometimes that means swapping kids with a friend, carpooling, and helping each other out, so you’re not trying to do everything yourself. There is only so much of you to go around, after all!
- A Crock Pot. Being able to fix it and forget about it – this is an amazing tool! There are hundreds of crock pot recipes on Pinterest and the internet. There are also entire cookbooks dedicated to crock pots.
- An Electronic Calendar. This is key to know who’s going and who’s coming. In fact, my husband and I briefly discuss who’s going where and when so we know who is picking up kids, and getting them to activities each day of the week. We use Google calendar in our home for scheduling between all of us.
- A Cleaning Lady. Your time has value, and time is money. Figure out which things you need to outsource, and outsource those things. For me, it was outsourcing laundry, grocery shopping and meal preparation. I prefer to clean my own home, as it seems like no-one else does it like I would
- A Frozen Meal in the Freezer. Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Keep something in the freezer or in the pantry that you can just drop on the table at a moment’s notice when you’re tired, exhausted, and things just aren’t going as planned. Frozen Chicken nuggets can be a lifesaver some days.
- A Shareable, Electronic Grocery List. Whatever you do, you need to keep a grocery list so that you don’t run out of toilet paper in the middle of the night. Make sure you have some sort of list building tool. Electronic is cool. Paper will do, as long as what ever you have, you actually use!
- Both Parents on Email Lists. Make sure that the teacher doesn’t just email one of you for class assignments, and that both of you get onto the lists. We actually created an email account that automatically forwards to both parents, so we know that we are both receiving all of the emails.
- If you are a Working Mom – Solid Child Care Arrangements, with a Backup Plan. Sometimes things don’t work out as planned, kids get sick, your caregiver gets sick, you name it. Always have a backup plan, so that you don’t risk losing your job, or if you need to leave the kids for a few hours so you can get things done.
- Program School Phone Numbers into Phone. Set a special ring tone for those numbers, so you know to answer those calls. That way you know to pick up the phone, in case the school calls with a sick or misbehaving child. (My children never, ever misbehave, of course they don’t!)
- Keep a Stash of Snacks in the Car. This is critical for when you’re stuck driving, and they’re hungry and snappish. It will save you $$$ too, since you won’t be constantly stopping at drive-through’s to feed them. I have taken to having a stash of Nutri-Grain bars in my son’s favorite flavor that I hand to him when I pick him up from the bus, ans he’s likely to be irritable and cranky from the long day.
There are obviously far more than 10 ways to save your sanity, but this should be a great start for you, and I hope it helps.