I remember back in college when all I had to think about were naps and writing papers. Things have gotten a lot more complicated since then with kids, work and other commitments. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep it all together!
As a mother of two boys under six, the madness never ends. From potty training, art classes to constantly changing appetites---there are many days I wish I had a clone (or four) to get it all done. Since that’s not possible, I have a couple of tricks I use every day that help me stay on top of everything and feel a bit more balanced.
There are so many ways to manage a busy schedule but my main tool is a paper and a pen. I have a little notebook that I use to jot down reminders so that I don't forget that it's “red day” in Kindergarten tomorrow or that we are on our very last pull-up at home. I love my smartphone but there is power behind writing things down. You can easily close a notepad app but that note on the fridge is hard to ignore!
Another tool in my Balance arsenal is simply asking for help. If I know I have to take the kids out by myself, I recruit a friend to tag along and help me out. That way I get a little girlfriend time while the kids have fun. Plus, I’ll have an extra hand with everything! As every mom knows, when you take little kids somewhere, you’re also taking diaper bags, strollers and other necessities that keep your hands full. It’s always nice to have an extra set of arms when you can. I’ve found that a little help can go a long way. Asking my mom to drop my son off at art class or even reaching out to family members for a simple ride can make all the difference in a hectic schedule!
A balanced life to me means that you can live a fulfilled, happy life without being completely frazzled or burned out. With some planning and a little help, it’s possible to feel grounded no matter how busy you are (at least on some days)!
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