Develop a daily routine
If your household lacks structure and routine, you’re probably not very productive during the day. Children thrive with structured routines.
When your children wake, eat, play, and nap at the same times every day, there will be fewer behavioral issues because they know what to expect when they roll out of bed each morning. With fewer behavioral issues, you spend less time arguing with your children and correcting poor behavior and more time tending to household chores, work, etc. If you have a routine, you can designate time to be productive while your child plays or naps.
A large part of being a stay-at-home parent is preparing meals. You have lots of mouths to feed—and if you have picky eaters, cooking can be daunting. Save time during the day by meal prepping over the weekend!
Before grocery shopping, plan out meals for the whole week. Pick items that are easy to prepare in advance and stay fresh for longer. On Sundays, take an hour or two out of your day to prepare a week’s worth of side dishes. Marinate meats and store in the fridge so all you have to do is pop them in the oven when you’re ready to cook them.
If you take your children on outings, consider preparing snack bags in advance so when it’s time to leave the house, all you have to do is grab and go!
Knock out easy tasks at night
There’s no better time to knock out some chores than when the kids have gone to bed. By the end of the day, you’re probably worn out and ready to unwind. However, you can relax while knocking out a few easy tasks. You’ll thank yourself in the morning!
Consider folding a load of laundry while you watch TV from the couch. Unload and load the dishwasher while you and your partner talk about your days. Create your to-do list for tomorrow while you watch a movie. Pick up the playroom while you listen to an audiobook. The options are endless!
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