Today’s post is how to get things done with a kindergartner, preschooler, teenager, and baby in your home. While my solutions may differ from your own, hopefully you can apply something from my day to yours!
Some day’s I get alot accomplished, and some day’s I don’t. I let God lead my day on those day’s because I get too frustrated.
I think as mother’s we feel the obligation to run the home, get to the laundry, cook the meals, clean the home, dress nice for our husbands’, take care of the kids and get them to all of their activities. All of this AND work from home.
I am overwhelmed just looking at my list.First, I create a daily plan and then work through it just like we would a diet or an exercise program.
When it is absolutely a good time because the baby is sleeping and I can wash the dishes or run down and throw in the laundry. I will grab the coloring book, crayons and some drawing paper. The kindergartner and preschooler will be sitting at the table with my teen who is homeschooling.
Because then I know that I have 15 min. and can get some basic housework done, or I can find a 15 min. task on my to do list. I live by my to do list.
If I have them both at the table during naptime for the baby (he is working toward a regular sleep schedule) then they are safe and I have them in my view at all times. At the end of my 15 min. the timer will go off. Both kids will run to shut off the timer and know that I will sit down and color or play with them for a few min.
I will try this two or three times a day. We get alot of coloring done, some work, some fun, and some school done.
Let’s pick the one thing that is most important to get done today, look at the schedule, find a time, and accomplish the task.
No regrets on anything else. No guilt. The rest of our day, we will accomplish what we can and our children will take part in the task. Occupy the children for that time.
No, it won’t be perfect, but it will be done.
My task for this beautiful morning is……to accomplish one item on my list that I have been putting off. The time to complete this will be hopefully naptime. We all know that if I try to get something done on my task list the baby will wake up, my three year old will get into mischief, and my kindergartner will not stay on task in his school. All of this is fine. That is why right now I only set one goal for the day. A few routines so that we are not living in a pigstye, and dinner. Not too much to ask?
Lately I remind myself that I do not want to be the yelling, nagging mom. Hopefully my reminders are working and my type A personality is taking a backseat to the type c personality of “relax” it will get done sometime this week!
Around dinner time even though I do have my meals planned someday’s I forget to lay out our meat that I need for the meal. My new philosopy is “When in doubt throw in soup or just have grilled cheese for dinner”.
It isn’t gourmet, but it will feed the family!
What was your task for the day? Comment below!