Time Management for Moms
By Michelle LaRowe – America’s Nanny
From taking a shower, to making a shopping list, even the simplest tasks are more difficult to get done with kids.
Fitting everything into the day is a real struggle for most moms, especially those who manage kids, career and home. If you’re like many moms, you experience the constant tug of war between hoping that the day ends quickly and wishing there were extra hours in the day. Though both of those are seemingly impossible, there are a few things you can due to stretch the time in your day.
- Wake up a half hour early to take care of your needs. Once your needs are taken care of you can better meet the needs of others. Set the alarm and jump out of bed to enjoy your shower and coffee in peace. It’s much easier and faster to get ready without young ones tugging at your legs.
- Incorporate a daily routine. For busy moms, penciling in free time is a necessity. Create a daily routine and stick to it to ensure you get what you need to each day done. Don’t commit to anything without putting it in your calendar. That practice will save you time and energy from having to switch things around due to over scheduling.
- Keep the staples stocked. When it comes to toilet paper, pantry staples and school supplies, keep extras on hand. Having a surplus of commonly used items can save you time from having to run to the store in the middle of making dinner for a needed ingredient.
- Leverage technology. Order your groceries through an online service for delivery, shop for birthday gifts online, pay bills using your bank’s online bill pay feature, schedule a sitter using a handy iPhone app. Take advantage of technology tools that can make your life easier and tasks go quicker.
- Have a childcare backup plan. There’s nothing worse for a working mom than being ready to walk out the door to head to an important when the caregiver calls to cancel. Have a list of prescreened sitters able to pinch hit when you’re in a jam. You’ll save yourself time and energy, and a lot of panicking, when you do.
Breaking your day into manageable pieces and tackling it one chunk at a time can help you keep up and keep ahead of all that is expected of you that day. And remember when thinking about committing to taking on one more thing; if you can’t it is okay! Say no and let yourself off the hook.
Michelle is an active member of the nanny community. She is the founder and president of Boston Area Nannies, Inc., a local non profit educational organization and has served on the International Nanny Association Board of Directors for the past five years. During that time she has also served as the associations 1st Vice President. Michelle is also a proud member of Christian Nannies.
She is called on by the media as a nanny and parenting expert, and has been affectionately dubbed America's Nanny. Michelle has appeared on television and has been featured in print.
To learn more about Michelle and to get your parenting tip of the day, please visit www.michellelarowe.com.
Books by Michelle LaRowe
A Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists: 100+ Lists to Save You Time, Money and Sanity - Grocery lists. Checklists. To-do lists. Lots of people love--and live by--lists. And parents are no exception. Today's families are busier than ever, and moms don't have the time or energy to search and scramble for the parenting information they are desperately seeking. This handy, practical reference guide will save time, money, and sanity for today's busy women.To learn more, visit www.michellelarowe.com.
Working Mom's 411 is your one-stop resource guide for navigating through the often choppy waters of managing kids, career and home. With extensive experience as a credentialed nanny, household manager and as a working mom herself, Michelle is sure to make you laugh out loud as she shares her expert take on the common dilemmas that working mothers face.
Nanny to the Rescue - America's nanny offers a large dose of healthy parenting advice with secrets for raising happy, secure, and well-balanced babies and toddlers.
Nanny To the Rescue Again - Faced with multiple choices regarding school, friends, and activities coupled with the ever-widening influence of the outside world, parents of 6-12 year olds need help. America's nanny is back to offer a large dose of healthy parenting advice with secrets for raising happy, secure, and well-balanced children.
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