This time of year is hectic enough with the holidays, family and friends. Especially if you are a mother with young children. Then add trying to carve out time to write as well and it’s easy to pull your hair out. Here are a few suggestions to help ease the stress:
1. Create a Job Chart. You can include the little ones who can’t read yet by taking photos, or drawing pictures, of the jobs. Map out a chart with days and names. Use velcro on the back of the photos or pictures so you can move the jobs each week. Place the chart in a PROMINENT location so no one ‘forgets’ their chore.
2. Make Snacks Accessible. If you have fruit in a bowl that even the smallest child can reach, you won’t be interrupted by the constantly empty pits that are your children’s stomachs. Find a cupboard that all your children can reach and separate pretzels, cheerios and other dried goods in individual snack bags. Put these in a basket and come up with a limit per child.
3. Enlist The Help Of Older Children. As kids get older they love to help and be responsible. Encourage this. Have them read to or help a younger child read a book. They are wonderful at teaching math and counting.
4. Set Up Projects Ahead Of Time. During the Holiday break come up with a few easy art projects and put them together in a basket or gallon bag. When the natives get restless, pull one out and you’ve got an hour – maybe two – of writing time while they create.
5. Wear Thick Socks. Don’t cry over the spilt milk – walk right over it. Shuffle those feet a few times in between trips for coffee or tea and all those little messes are taken care of and you haven’t had to pause. They even make mop bottom slippers these days. Invest in a pair.
What tips and tricks do you use?