Working Mom! Here’s How You Can Manage Your Time During Holiday Season
It’s that magical time of the year again! The holiday season is just around the corner – that magical tricky-treaty feeling edging closer, Thanksgiving beckoning deliciously, with the rosy gloriousness of Christmas not far behind. Your little ones are giddy with anticipation, there are family celebrations galore, and of course, shopping on your mind, with the latest styles in kids clothing for boys and girls popping up!
If you’re a working mom, however, the excitement starts getting tinged with a teeny bit of apprehension as the festive times draw nearer. With lots to do, how can you manage your time between work and family this holiday season?
Key to good planning starts with de-stressing yourself. Check out Elle from WhatsUpMoms sharing 7 ways to de-stress the holidays.
We particularly love Elle’s tip about eliminating activities from your life that may not be absolutely essential, and moreover, may cause you lots of stress, like decorating the outside of your house at Christmas. If you feel something’s just a little too much, and you can do without it, brush off the guilt and drop it!
Don’t fret! We’re here to make your life easier with our tried-and-tested tips for time management. Following these will guarantee that you can indulge whole-heartedly in the holiday festivities – and get your work done too!
A quick peek at your upcoming schedule and you feel like freaking out, right? Family dinners, work deadlines, all that holiday shopping and more– we know it can be quite overwhelming. No worries, we have the magical solution – it’s planning!
Stay organized with a daily plan, using planners, organization apps, and lists. Google Keep is a great app to make lists and take notes. Shared calendars are another convenient way to schedule activities involving your partner or a caregiver. Planning out your week will enable you to spot those free pockets of time, which you can make the most of.
Check out some of the best apps for working moms: https://www.mamakenna.com/apps-for-moms/
USE TIME-SAVING HACKS
To get the most done in the least amount of time, you need to use shortcuts, and we have some super time-saving hacks for you.
While cooking, instead of preparing ingredients for one meal, see if you can prep for multiple meals. Chop and freeze some more veggies for a quick salad or stir-fry later, make a larger batch of pasta sauce for multiple use, or refrigerate some extra marinade to save time later on.
Ordering groceries online? Create a list of your most-ordered items. That way, next time you can order directly from this list instead of having to scroll through dozens of items.
Paying bills every month can take up a good chunk of your time. Set up automated monthly payments around times that work for your budget, and that’s time you’ve saved!
Invest in a good dry shampoo – it’s a lifesaver for a busy mom! Washing your hair less helps reduce the amount of time to get ready in the morning.
During the holidays, avoid the stress of unexpected guests by having a few ready-to-eat meals prepared and stashed away in the freezer. A casserole or a lasagne can be a lifesaver when your friend and her hungry little one swing by for a hello and a quick chat!
Check out this delicious lasagne recipe by Valerie Brunmeier. Keep a homemade frozen lasagna in your freezer for a simple meal on busy days during this holidays season! It is fresh, delicious, and a great time saver. (https://www.fromvalerieskitchen.com/homemade-frozen-lasagna/)
The holiday season means shopping – make your life easier by indulging in the convenience of online stores for children’s clothes. Not only do you avoid having to rush around a dozen shops trying to find the perfect bomber jacket or trendy dresses for your little fashionista, but you can also avail of all those seasonal online discounts and clothes sales too!
GET YOUR FAMILY TO HELP OUT
We know you’re a Superwoman! However, in today’s modern world, no one expects you to get all the housework done on your own. Your partner should definitely be there to share some of the chores, especially during the busy holiday season. Take a look at your respective schedules, and chalk out a chore chart that works for both of you.
If your children are old enough, you can delegate simple tasks to them as well. This not only reduces the burden on you but also teaches your kids to build good habits early on and play an active role in contributing to the family.
Check out what these three amazing moms have to say about balancing family and work: https://meetfabric.com/blog/working-mother-balancing-work-and-family
LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS
Do you know who puts the most pressure on working moms? It’s their own selves! You feel you have to cook healthy and yummy meals daily, maintain an immaculate house, play the perfect hostess when people come over, and basically have it all down to a T. However, you need to remember that it’s important to take care of yourself too. And that means not setting yourself unrealistically high standards.
If you have young kids, it’s perfectly alright for the house to be messy if someone drops in. Buying cookies occasionally instead of baking them yourself does not make you a bad mother. Daily home-cooked meals are a great goal, but leftovers and take out will also do fine for your family when you’re up against it.
Watch how Minimal Mom Dawn makes Holiday Planning Simple!
So, ready to be that supermom who rocks at both a successful career and a fulfilling family life? We know you are! It is absolutely possible, and with a little bit of help and planning, you can do it. We at Kinderkind raise a great big cheer to all you great moms out there who are doing an incredible job. That’s why we believe in supporting you by bringing you the very best in trendy children’s apparel, delivered right to your doorstep. Dress up your little darlings in the latest kids’ fashion from Kinderkind, and let their smiles light up your holiday season!
Sending love from Be Kind blogs. Happy reading.
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