Every mom still deserves time to themselves. If you feel like all your time is being spent looking after kids, dealing with household chores, working or dealing with other commitments, it could be time to start allowing yourself a break. Below are just a few ways to make more time for yourself.
Allow others to look after your kids
The easiest way to make time for yourself is to allow others to look after your kids. Sharing one-on-one parent time with your partner may be the best way of guaranteeing some time by yourself. If your child is a toddler, you could consider looking into day care for them – this could be an opportunity to play with other kids and learn, as well as giving you both some time apart. You could also consider asking family and friends to babysit. Some parents can find it difficult to let others look after their child, but it’s necessary to build that trust if you feel that you need your space.
Schedule ‘me time’
Scheduling time for yourself each week makes it easier to plan activities in advance. For instance, you may want to meet up with friends or you may want to go to the gym. Alternatively, you may want to do nothing but relax alone at home. Scheduling a certain time each week will also make it easier to call upon people to babysit on a consistent basis as they may be able to free up their plans. You may also be able to take certain daily duties in turns with a partner such as putting kids to bed. On top of this, you should be able to treat yourself to days out alone.
Learn to multi-task effectively
When your children go to bed at the end of the day, you deserve to be able to enjoy your evening without having to catch up with household chores or life admin. By learning to multi-task, you can get things done with your kids present. With infants and toddlers, you may be able to use distractions to keep kids happy while doing chores or you may be able to turn certain chores like vacuuming into a game to keep kids entertained. Alternatively, you may be able to get chores done with a baby in a sling. With older kids, you may be able to get them to help with chores to get them done more quickly. It may feel like more hassle at the time, but it could help to free up your evenings.
Invest in time-saving gadgets and tools
Fed up of spending so much time doing the dishes? A dishwasher could be the solution. Other gadgets and tools like this could save you time doing chores so that you’re not having to spend all your free time doing these chores. Not everything can be solved with a gadget (making the beds and putting away clothes are unfortunately still jobs that have to be done manually), but you should consider those household tasks that you currently hate and whether you could be making life easier for yourself.