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5 TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OUT OF YOUR TIME THIS SUMMER

One fact that can never be questioned is: all mothers of young children fight against the clock. With school, sports, friends, food, homework and rest, there is no time left to bond, read a book

One fact that can never be questioned is: all mothers of young children fight against the clock. With school, sports, friends, food, homework and rest, there is no time left to bond, read a book or just relax and watch some TV. Thinking about that, here are 5 tips to better manage your family life and save time (and breath).

 

1. Organize the menu of the week.

This is a very important point, especially for those who has no domestic help. Improvisation can be a good outlet from time to time, but if you do not know what will be on the table in the coming days, you will inevitably lose time making several visits to the supermarket to find what is missing. Having a menu for the week, not only eliminates frequent trips to the supermarket, but also makes you save money.

 

2. Teach small tasks to your kids.

 

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It seems easier to do things yourself quickly than delegate to the children, however, in the long haul, sharing small tasks with children brings many benefits. You will not only contribute to their self-confidence, making them more independent, as you will eventually gain time. Wouldn’t be cool to be able to spend 10 more minutes on makeup, for example, while your 4-year-old son gets dressed by himself?

 

3. Develop a system to manage the paperwork.

 

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Who among you does not have a table at home filled with papers, documents, school stuff? Stacking papers and putting off tasks just makes you waste time. Try to get organized and stay organized, this will free up space in your head and help you make sure you are not forgetting anything.

 

4. Make time for yourself.

 

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This sounds impossible, I know. But it’s very important. You obviously noticed that you can be much more effective if you have your batteries recharged, right? If you are always falling apart, you will spend a lot more time figuring thing out than if you were “operating” a little more relaxed. Have a leisurely moment, it also gives a chance to think better and see things from the outside, from another perspective.

 

5. Accept it and ask for help.

If you have people around that you can count on, use them. As much as we would like to be able to do everything, we can’t. Some mothers live away from family or doesn’t have a partner to share some important tasks with, and it is essential to create a network of friends and parents who can rescue you from time to time. Of course this is a two-way street. Just make sure you have a good group of reliable people ready to take over if you need an extra hour to sleep.

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Juliana Torres is based in LA, an awesome person that likes to read, be read and get notice for her talented, crafted writing. All for women, by women.

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