We recently wrote a post about how Being a Mom is Hard Work. And I do not contest that. However, one thing moms need to realize is that they don’t have to do all the work alone. There are ways to do it all and be it all without actually doing it ALL! Does that even make sense?
I call them Mom Hacks! Ways of being the super-star mom without running yourself into the ground. Here are my favorite hacks to employ.
Carpool– I love having my kids involved in things, but let’s be honest, one of the hardest parts of all the activities is driving kids here, there, and everywhere. Recently I signed my daughter up for an activity and made sure she went the same time as a neighbor. Now we switch off weeks driving, and it makes a huge difference in my schedule.
Freezer Meals– One of the best things I ever did was start a freezer meal group. Once a month 5 other ladies and I make two different meals and swap. I then have 10 meals, 12 if I made my two for myself too. They are ready in my freezer for those days when we run from one thing to the next. I love it. It is a life saver. And it works because we follow some easy rules. Find out how to start your own freezer meal exchange group here.
Babysitter Swaps– You can be the best mom ever, a great budgeter, and have a social life by finding another mom in a similar situation as you and swap babysitting a couple times a month. My friend and I used to swap date night babysitting. Our kids loved getting together each week, and we loved having every other week date nights without the cost of a sitter. It worked for both of us. Whoever babysat that night was in charge of everything, dinner, homework, etc. It was a true night off, and well worth having a few extra kids on alternate weeks.
Housekeeper– I wish I could afford a daily housekeeper, or even a weekly one, but I can’t. But sometimes I just run out of time, and I go a few too many weeks without scrubbing the toilets. A great way to keep your house clean without doing all the deep cleaning yourself is hiring someone to come in once every couple weeks. Or whatever you can afford. For example, before a big event, or after you just had a baby, or during the summer months when the kids aren’t in school.
Audiobooks– Sounds crazy right? One thing about being a mom is never having time to pursue your own interests, for me it is reading. I used to be so well-read. But these days to read a book means giving up sleep, neglecting the housework, or both. But with audiobooks that is not a problem. I can listen to the latest books, or whatever books I want while cleaning the house, waiting for kids to get out of school, or sitting on the soccer field during half-time.
Today’s Mother’s May Highlight is: Jill Parker
Jill Parker is married to Dave Parker. They have two kids, Chace and Aryana. They live in San Diego and love to go to Disneyland, surf, try new recipes and run and play with their huge Newfoundland, Sawyer.
She was nominated by Nicole Holt and here is what she had to say:
“Hi! I nominated Jill Parker because she is such a fun mom. She is not afraid to put aside “adult duties” to just get down on the ground and play with her kids. Her son Chace absolutely adores his mom and her baby, Aryana, is the sweetest, happiest baby. Jill doesn’t let stress or difficult situations affect her kids. She is so positive and joyful. She works so hard after her kids go to bed so that she can spend time with them throughout the day. She loves to go to Disneyland or the beach or the park with her kiddos. She is a fun, caring, loving, selfless mom. She is a wonderful example to her children.”