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Time-saving tips so parents can have a little break after a long year


You wake up before the sun rises to shower and get ready for the day. Soon you hear the patter of tiny feet upstairs. You get breakfast ready for your little ones and then get them dressed. Between packing bags and preparing lunches, you barely have time to grab breakfast for yourself. You rush out the door just in time to make it to work before that big meeting starts.

And all this happens before 8 a.m.

Being a parent means juggling not just your own schedule, but those of your children as well. Busy days lead into hectic evenings where there isn’t much time left for yourself. You love your family and you’d do anything to make them happy, but every once in awhile, you wish you could enjoy a little more “me time” and fewer to-do’s.

Fortunately, with these tips and tricks, you can ease your schedule and save time throughout the day. Use that extra time for something you enjoy, whether it’s watching your favorite TV show, going for a run or sipping a cup of tea while star gazing.

Make nap time all about you

If you have small kids, you probably use the few hours they nap to do laundry, clean the house or catch up on emails. Instead, once or twice a week, use the break to do something just for you. Read a book, catch up on the DVR or even step into the shower! Remember, the to-do’s can wait and you’ll feel rejuvenated and happy when the kids wake up.

Ready the night before

Mornings are hectic for families, and a bad one can really set the tone for the entire day. Save time and eliminate stress by doing as much as possible the night before. Select clothes for kids and yourself, prepare lunches, pack bags and bathe in the evening. When the alarm goes off, you’re 75 percent ready to go.

Cook double batches

When you cook twice as much, you cover two meals in the time it takes to make just one. Double the casserole for tonight and freeze half for next week. Cook 2 pounds of chicken so you have lunch for tomorrow in addition to dinner. Double the soup and freeze in individual containers so both you and your partner have an easy meal you can grab and go.

Be smart about the chores 

This is an area all parents wish they could perform magic on. The best time-saving tips involve getting the whole family together and creating a chore routine. Give your kids chores to do. Figure out what your kids can handle and run with without your help. The best chore tip we have is to try to be as organized as possible. Both children and adults who live in an environment that is cleanly organized are higher functioning.  This does not have to be so rigid it takes the “home” out of our “house”.  But there needs to be intention.

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