To put it simply, being a stay-at-home parent is a unique challenge.
Okay, it’s a crazy mess a lot of the time.
Just when you think your work is done for the day, you turn around to see there’s a load of laundry you haven’t folded and your toddler starts crying in their sleep and needs a million hugs and 100 drinks of water.
While there are many (MANY) things that combine together to make parenting harder, there are a few things you can do to make everything easier.
These four things are essential to creating an easier way of parenting life:
Be Consistent in Parenting
Whatever parenting method you choose, as long as it is based in love, make sure you are consistent and follow through with what you say you are going to do.
When you are consistent, your kids will trust you more and know that you will follow through. When they know for sure that you will follow through with any reward or punishment, they will be more likely to actually listen to you.
And what happens when children listen and obey? The sun shines a little brighter. The air smells a little sweeter. And your mind is a little less crazy.
So remember, life will get easier someday, but you have to stick to your guns now to show them how consistent and trustworthy you are as a parent. The payoff will so be worth it.
Make Sleep Your #1 Priority
You have to get sleep. Sometimes with kids, getting enough hours of sleep for yourself is like fighting a battle, but it is a battle worth fighting.
Know what works for you. I know some moms who can’t get good sleep unless the whole family is piled into one bed. Other parents have to have their own space and they sleep-train their babies and kids to sleep on their own.
Whatever needs to happen, shy of drugging your children, to get your kids to sleep, do it.
It’s simple math: only when your kids get sleep can you get sleep.
If your kids are sleeping through the night most of the time, make sure you aren’t staying up too late yourself.
Your body relies on a good night’s sleep to heal your body, keep you sane, and help keep weight gain at bay.
Don’t deny yourself sleep when you can get it! It is like magic that makes you healthy, happy, and a more patient and present parent too!
Need some more help in this area? Here is the Ultimate Guide for Parents on How to Get Better Sleep.
Make and Keep a Routine
Routines are sanity makers. It’s a way for you to remember everything that needs to get done, helps you create pockets of time to work on your goals and habits, helps with getting sleep, etc.
But the best reason to make and keep a routine is so that you can see exactly how many hours you have and understand what you can do with that time.
You can grab a free time-budget planner here to help you make good use of every one of your 168 hours a week! Also, check out this post on how busy moms of all walks of life are using routines to get stuff done and stay sane for some amazing tips and ideas on creating amazing routines for moms.
Understand Your Priorities
How do you set goals and actually have time for them, and create amazing routines when you are a busy stay-at-home parent? By understanding what your priorities are and how to use them to your advantage.
To find out what your unique priorities are and how to use them to create the perfect customized routine for you, check out The Life-Balanced Mom course.
This high value course will help you see your big picture intentional plan and create your every-day steps that will get you to the life you envision.
The course teaches all the life-balancing time management skills you will need to be able to stay sane and productive as a mom.
During the video modules you will make an incredible actionable plan that helps you get all the mom stuff done in your daily life while still being able to work toward your personal and family goals.
It’s the ultimate life-balancing kit!
Whether you want to be a stay-at-home mom and an author or entrepreneur/side hustler like me, or if you want to be able to stay present with your kids and have time to paint or play video games or cook more homemade dinners.
Or maybe you just want to feel like you are staying on top of the unending needs of home, family, and self-care.
Whatever is important to you, this course will help you create time for it- while still getting the every day necessities done and being there for your kids too.
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