5 TIPS ON BALANCING LIFE WITH CHILDREN

Saturday, August 27, 2016


  Let me be honest I miss the single life or rather the life I had with the hubs before we started having children.It was fun.We'd be out at night and I remember the rush of the wind in my face when the car windows are down and just being able to get home full already,hoping into bed after a shower and sleeping off without a care in the friggin' world.Going out not caring if we get home late because all we cater to is ourselves.That was the life before now.
 This life I live now though I chose.I wasn't pressured and nobody made the decisions for me so therefore I have to deal.I would say though that I wasn't prepared and really when you've never experienced something you can't be prepared enough.
I will share my tips on how I've been able to balance my life with having two little munchkins and trust me I'm still trying to figure some things out so when you are done reading please let me know of any other points that have helped you that I did not mention.Gracias!!
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* Organize-create order out of chaos:This is my first tip because I'm a queen when it comes to this.It can never be over flogged the importance of an organized home.It makes life 100 times easier.You are able to find things in the twinkle of an eye.Buy transparent containers to store things in,label if possible.Keep clothes folded,shoes organized,let things be in their rightful places at all times.Make it a habit.It's easier to follow this lifestyle as opposed to trying to organize once a week and keeping things disorganized throughout the week.
I'm very OCD so the last thing you will EVER-yes I capitalized -EVER see is my house disorganized.I feel pissed when things are out of place.Even my dirt and junk are organized.Reason why you will ask me to get something and it will not take me time.I know where to go look for it.This should be number one on any human being's list if you want life easier for you.

* Prepare for the next day the night before:This tip I learnt from my mum.Bringing out clothes for church or outings the night before.Prepping the kids bags with snacks,stationery etc the night before and maybe keeping water bottles in sight so the next day  you see it and remember you have to fill with water.This tip is important for me since I take a while doing my makeup and I hate to wake up early.Plan meals the night before so that once you wake up you're getting down to business instead of parading the kitchen thinking of what to cook or running all over your street looking for plantain or egg to buy to make breakfast  for the kids to take to school.

* Start your day early especially so that afternoon chores don't meet you doing the morning ones.Now that schools are on holidays I'm so bad at getting up on time so when I finally get up and start the day I do my morning duties way into the afternoon and so I do not have time to rest because many times I will have just a few hours to get the afternoon ones done before it's time for dinner and for the kids to bath so this is a strong reminder to self.This is also possible if you sleep early and if you don't then you'll have to choose between sleeping early or working your ass off all day long.

* Practice selective hearing-Let me tell you what this is if you don't already know.As a mummy this is so key because if I listen to everything Grace says I will get a headache daily.In this case you choose what to hear and what not to pay attention to.Some you ignore,others you react to.Trust me as a mother your body will let you hear the important things.At least I do.So even if it's a single word and it catches my attention I ask again and make sure she repeats herself.There are some things they say to you that  they honestly don't always require a response to so if you feel like you must somehow it will get tiring.This is a personal decision but I choose to do it.Keeps me sane for a bit.

* Keep them occupied.I mean who doesn't do this?You don't? How do you cope? Get them toys,books,coloring books,poster colors,crayons,educational or entertainment Cd's.Let them give you a break while you put your feet up and catch up on  your latest series or just take a nap even if it's a mental one.Give them lots to do especially ones that won't require them asking you questions if you want complete peace.Just let them color the whole book.I'm guilty I know.I just tell Grace write 1-200,color 6 pages,write ABC,tell the time.I can practically give her a whole term's syllabus in one sitting.Don't judge me till you've walked in my shoes.lol!

These are my tips.Please share some that have worked for you.

"Our children need to be taught how to think,not what to think"

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  1. First, that graphic you used is so cute!
    I wish I had OCD like you. I really do. I agree that an organised house helps. When things are in order, I feel more relaxed.
    Hahaha at selective hearing. We are their greatest audience, na.
    An old man told me to enjoy the present time with my kids because they'll be gone before I know. I'm trying to do just that.
    Thanks for tips, dear!

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    1. I sometimes wish I did not care about how organized or how clean things are in the house. I get so tensed when they r not so.lol!As for selective hearing I gats too.Grace practically talks from morning till night. I hear her voice in my sleep. Hehe!!

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  3. You gat me at Selective Hearing! LOl.
    I can totally imagine everything changing after kids. Last Friday, Hubs and I went for a complete unplanned night out of town and we were just wondering how that may have been more difficult with kids. Even without kids, being organised generally and particularly planning the night before helps. I'm gradually improving on that.

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    1. Enjoy it now while you still can. You'd just be lucky if you have parents around and in laws that can help u watch the babies while you have a baecation or just take time off like I do. I'm super lucky to have that. I don't know what I would have done 😥😥

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  4. Hahaha at giving your daughter a full term's syllabus in one seating. You gotta do what you gotta do girl.

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  5. The bit that gets me the most is the disorganisation thing, I literally have headaches when things are out of place. But my two year old is the Queen of "arranging" she always goes "lemme epp uhear"..in her voice.
    I do most of my planning when she is asleep and everything in the house is slowly getting a lock...lol

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    1. Yes to the locks.By the time she's old enough to reach or open the locks she'd be wiser.

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  6. I am so OCD like you,and do all the arranging and organisation while my lil one is asleep. I function optimally when the house is tidy and CLEAN!

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    1. Hello OCD sista!My brain,body and soul is at peace when everything is orderly.Thanks for reading.

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  7. very insightful tips that will come handy in the future

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  8. Imma keep these in mind for when that time comes. Even though we've been trying to conceive for a while now, I do recognize that life is more challenging with children.

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    1. Oh yes it is wayyy more challenging and I can't wait for you to experience it.

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