How 4 Easy Steps Can Reduce Mom’s Stress

Let’s face it, us Moms are overworked!  Sometimes it feels like there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done for ourselves and for our families.

But, there are ways to lighten the load and enjoy the satisfaction of being a more productive family. Here’s how:

Work Together

Get your whole family to participate in household chores, especially the kids. There’s a ton of age appropriate tasks for children like sorting laundry and setting the table before meals.  This will help your children gain a sense of independence, self-reliance, and a healthier self-image.

Delegate (and let go)

It’s a huge waste of time when you give someone a task to do and then watch over them as they do it.  Instead, teach them the necessary skills, clearly explain your expectations, and then trust them to do it.  When the task is done, offer feedback and allow yourself to be amazed at how well delegation can work!

Stay on Schedule

We all have routines, but it’s important to keep our routines on schedule.  Try to do regular activities at the same time every day or on the same day every week.  This might include things like meals, bedtimes, homework, house work, and grocery shopping.  Consistency can help create order and makes it easier for your family to plan their time around common activities.

Start Off on the Right Foot

Mornings can be stressful, so give yourself a head start and start planning for the morning the night before.   Select and pull out outfits, pack backpacks, make lunches, prep breakfast by taking out non-perishable food and setting the table.

Another tip for avoiding morning chaos is creating a morning routine.  Give everyone specific tasks to accomplish (you can even assign the order) like: wake up, brush teeth, walk the dog, eat breakfast, clean-up, etc.  Keeping everyone on track  will make things run a lot smoother and reduce the stress for everyone involved.

What tips or tricks do you use to keep your family organized and productive?

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Posted on July 12, 2012, in Delegation, Family, Mom Tips, Organization, Planning. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’ve been trying to get my wife to do one and two for years! In fact, I’m constantly reminding my older one (and the younger one) that they need to do more to help out by keeping their toys picked up — and she still spends a lot of time doing it herself instead of getting them to do it! She wears herself out sometimes with all she feel she has to get done.

    Okay… I’ll admit… I could do more to help out. I often don’t because I’m working on other things and just don’t think about them the way she does. But I do need to pay more attention to that.

    Thanks for sharing!

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