23 Aug Face It Friday: Parenting is Tough! Practical Tips to Survive
Being a parent in today’s world can be difficult, like trying to balance working full time while helping with homework, getting to sports practices, making dinner, and finding time for self-care on top of dealing with the unsolicited opinions from other parents. Below are a few tips to help you manage those challenging times.
– Figure out a system that works for your family. Every dynamic is different and parents and other family members all play different roles in order to function. If it works for you, and everyone is safe and doing well, then that is all that matters!
Idea: This may mean having to tag in the help of grandparents and other school parents to share pick-ups with. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.
– It’s okay to leave a mess. With all the other responsibilities that parents have on their shoulders, sometimes cleaning the house is the last priority. And that is okay!
Idea: Trade-offs can be a creative way to share tasks and build community. If you enjoy mowing the lawn and your neighbor likes cooking—trade off one night a week and share chores. And when the kids are old enough, get them involved in helping around the house with dishes, cooking, clean-up, and laundry.
– Sometimes a break is needed. You are doing all of this because your heart is centered around your family and your kids.
Idea: Check in with your mom friends to see if they need a sitter for the night, or maybe you could grab them something at the grocery store to save them a trip.
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