Being a parent is far from easy, I think we can all agree on that. It’s draining and it’s tiring and it’s frustrating but it’s all worth it! We love our children even when they wind us up or spend all day distracting us from getting things done!
Fortunately, there are things we can do to make sure that being a parent is as easy and as fun as possible, even when our little ones want to be difficult. With any luck, this post will give you a few new strategies for staying sane in the hectic lifestyle of a parent. Enjoy!
Get a Flexible Job
I’m a stay at home mum and am very appreciative of the opportunity to be one because I get to see my children growing up every day. I love my life because I spend as much time with my family as possible. However, for most people, this isn’t possible at all. We spend the majority of our lives in full-time work and along with that, we spend most of our day in the workplace with our work colleagues – arguably even more time than we spend with our family! Considering this, it’s a great idea to pick out a flexible job role that gives you more freedom to look after and see your little ones.
Children have a habit of being unpredictable, so you want to work somewhere that doesn’t mind you booking annual leave at late notice for family occasions or having to leave early to pick up your little one. Of course, you would have to discuss this with your employer first, but flexible hours massively reduce the daily stress that can come with being a parent.
Do Lots of Outdoor Activities
People underestimate the power of a well-chosen outdoor activity! Joining your children outside and encouraging them to be active and play isn’t just good for their physical wellbeing but it’s great for your mental health too. Firstly, it’s been proven that spending time outdoors has a positive impact on your mood. Secondly, whilst your children are playing in the garden, it gives you time to get on with other housekeeping jobs and finally, when they come back inside, your little ones will be tired, making them much less distracting and easier to put to bed when it gets to the evening.
Involve the Children in Household Tasks
Nobody likes doing chores. That’s not true, some people do like to clean but nobody likes doing it all day every day. Getting your children involved in doing the chores is a great way of making your life easier. Not only does it include your child in what’s happening and make them feel more like an adult (to start with) but it means that they’re learning life skills whilst saving you future time and effort.
There are countless studies into the benefits of children doing chores but they don’t really become clear until you try it yourself. Get your little one involved in the washing up, hoovering, polishing or drying and you’ll see how much it helps you throughout the day.
There are hundreds of parenting life hacks out there, this is just a little taste of some tactics that will help you in everyday life. I hope this has helped you but if it hasn’t, don’t be afraid to do a little research of your own! Sometimes all it takes is a single small change to improve everything.
To encourage your child to play outside, think about picking up some small school playground equipment items. Not only do they look fun and interesting but they’re going to last much longer and be more engaging than a simple seesaw or slide.
*This is a collaborative post*