Are The Kids Stopping You From Getting Work Done?
If you feel like you haven't had a moment's rest since your kids were born, you are certainly not alone. Whether you have one newborn or three teenagers, kids have the way of forcing everything else to the back burner. If things are not getting done you have two choices: cut the obligation from your life or find the time to do it.
Cutting Back on the Demands on Your Time
A parent has many jobs and responsibilities, even if they don't hold a single paying job. Parenting, managing a household, and taking care of your home can easily take up as much time as a full time job. Trying to be Supermom by doing everything yourself is not necessary and will just leave you overtired. So let me let you in on a little secret: you don't have to do it all yourself.
Anyone with more tasks than time available needs to learn to delegate. There are many ways do this. If your dishes are always piling up and your carpets haven't been vacuumed in ages, hiring a maid service will help take this source of stress out of your life. If you hate mowing the lawn, hire a landscaper. This will free up your time to spend on more important areas of your life, like your kids or your job. If you hate those tasks anyway, wouldn't it be worth the cost (typically $25-75 per visit) to have those things done for you?
Finding Extra Time
Parents struggle to find free time, even if they are a stay at home parent. So whether you have a job or not, why not consider hiring someone to watch the kids a few hours a day (or week)? This will you give a few hours to spend catching up on your to do list, work, or even just relaxing. You can even have someone watch your kids while you are home to get caught up on projects at home. If you could get free time for $10 an hour, wouldn't the cost be worth it to you?
Finding The Help You Need
If your kids are older, they should be your first source of help. Even young kids can help out with simple chores as long as they are supervised. Older, responsible children can watch their younger siblings to give you a few hours of free time. This is going to be the cheapest option, though you might have to give the kids a small allowance.
Hiring a nanny, babysitter, or maid doesn't have to be hard. They can actually be pretty easy to find. Start off by asking neighbors and coworkers. They will be more than willing to share their experiences. Next check for local ads in the papers, in stores, and online. Just to be sure to get references and reviews for anyone you hire, because you can never be too careful.
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