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Are you a busy mom wondering how to manage it all? I have been there!
Us mamas want to do it all. We are superheroes without the cape. It can be so hard to do it all though. That doesn’t mean you can’t still rock motherhood. You absolutely can. Whether you are a working mom or stay-at-home mom, you can do it. We are all busy moms. So how do we rock it?
If you are anything like me (and plenty of other mamas I know), you may at times feel a bit overwhelmed with all the things! Okay, let’s be honest. We feel this way often. There are little things you can do to maximize your time at home as a busy mom. You may find that you need a little bit of a mindset shift. This will make your life easier. I promise. So what can you do exactly? Stick with me busy mom. The experts will chime in on this topic.
Life can be hard. Our daily life is filled with so many to-do’s. Kids as well as our family require a lot of our attention. You might find that it is a major challenge to manage chores around the house, take a shower, deal with work-life balance, be a present and engaged mom, be a great wife, and even taking care of yourself. Especially if you have a new baby! I vividly remember those newborn days.
Anyway, this post will teach you something new. There are so many ways to rock motherhood as a busy mom!
Actual busy moms are sharing easy tips and tricks for you to implement TODAY. Keep these in mind this week as you strive to be the best mama you can be. You’ve got this.
This post is all about how to rock it as a busy mom.
Expert Advice On How To Rock It As A Busy Mom
Robyn from A Dime Saved says, “Being a mom is hard. I try to prioritize what is important and then outsource or ignore the rest! I serve easy and simple meals and pay someone to help me clean.”
#2. Embrace the Chaos
April from Chaos and Wine says, “As a mother of four boys that works from home, I really strive to embrace the chaos that surrounds me and go with the flow. It’s much easier to find a rhythm than try and fight a fixed schedule. Two of my boys are homeschooled, while two go to a local charter school. All of them participate in a few after school activities as well. Our schedules are chaotic to say the least! Thankfully, I have family nearby as well as friends that help with carpools and making sure all of our neighborhood kids get where they need to be on time! Find your people and embrace any and all offers of help. Most of all don’t be afraid to ask for help or say no if you simply can’t manage it!”
#3. Surround Yourself With Family
Chrissy from Lyoness and Cub says, “Well, I’m not even sure I “rock it,” I’m more like “making it work”! It’s right that I’m always busy, as a single (widowed) mommy working full time. I didn’t even get maternity protection or parental leave; I worked until 7:30 p.m. the night before my son’s birth and then worked again one week after my C-section. I used to be an Assistant Professor at a university in Tennessee that didn’t have a policy in place for pregnant women. (It was put in place the year after I had my son, lucky me!)
The biggest change in my life (and especially my son’s life) happened when, at the height of the pandemic, we moved to Germany, where the system is totally different. Here, we enjoy great health care and almost free childcare, and during the lockdown in Covid times, there was emergency care for children, especially when you had a “system relevant job” like being a teacher, which I was. This has enabled me to provide financially for my child and spend enough time with him (excellent work-life balance). I have to say being back in my birth country where my family is has made many things easier. They are my rocks — and of course my smart, bilingual, cheeky son, Leander!
My tip: Accept help from family and friends. And if there isn’t anybody near where you are, don’t be afraid to make a big move to be right there. If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s how much family support matters (this includes elective affinities / kindred by choice).”
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#4. Let Go Of The Shoulds
Andrea Frey from Sparkle With Grace says, “The biggest piece of advice I have is to let go of all the “shoulds” first. Stop beating yourself up about all the things you should have done or should have been able to do, give yourself grace, and recognize that every day is different and your ability to adapt and change things based on your kids and their needs is a super power!
And then, my favorite hack to keep little ones busy long enough for you to accomplish a task is to give them an empty spice jar (with the big holes on top) and some Q-tips. Then, they spend time putting them in and taking them out through the holes. My kids love playing with this, it entertains my 3-year-old just as much as my 1-year-old!”
#5. Set Up A Daily Routine
Jasmyn Heard from Just Jass says, “One of the best things I could have done for myself was set up a daily routine as a busy stay at home mama of 2! Nothing too strict (because kids can be unpredictable) but some sort of guide to get me through my days! Having a routine not only makes our days flow so much smoother, but it also boosts my productivity because I block off a time frame during the day that allows me to get my work done as well!”
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#6. Include Your Little One
Rheanna from A Little and A Latte says, “I try to prioritize what needs to be done. I stress a lot, especially if things don’t get done…but I found that I stress less if I include my son instead of trying to work around him. He can help with a lot, and what he can’t help with – I do during nap. I also try to balance our time away from the house with errands and fun. Like if we need groceries, I go to the park first so we get some quality play time. Overall, I don’t ever feel like I’m NOT busy…but finding ways to be intentionally present with my son helps me feel like I’m being a good mom to him, despite the craziness.”
#7. Create A Consistent Sleep Schedule
Lexi Rupert from Little Bird Sleep Consulting says, “As a work from home mom and business owner, I worked very hard to teach my children amazing, independent sleep skills from an early age. I utilize the time they are napping or in bed to give my undivided attention to work or whatever needs to get completed. Creating a consistent sleep schedule has been a life saver!”
#8. Encourage Independent Play Time
Erin Artfitch from Blunders in Babyland says, “My method of survival is implementing daily routines. I say “routines” because, as a mom of two, being on a consistent hourly schedule is almost impossible. Having said that, we eat, watch TV, shop, and sleep around the same time each day. I think our routine provides a level of security for my kids since it helps them know what to expect. It also helps me complete more tasks. For example, while my kids are enjoying their screen time, I know that this is my time to catch up on work, make phone calls, and finally make a dent in that laundry pile.
My best tip for new mamas: it’s totally okay to work/do chores while your baby is awake. Independent play time is such an important part of development and it provides an opportunity for you to catch up on things. However, if your baby simply won’t do independent play time, you can find fun things for them to do while you’re by their side. For example, while I cooked, that was usually my daughter’s time to sit in the high chair and experiment with Puffs. While cleaning, my daughter would explore her ball pit next to me. Needless to say, that ball pit moved around a lot.
#9. Balance & Adapt
Mckayla from Everyday She Moms says, “It’s all about balance – and adaptability. The hardest thing to learn when I became a SAHM and WFHM is that sometimes my day is not going to go my way, and that’s okay. I made adjustments to my schedule, woke up earlier, try not to stay up too late, and get my kids to help with my work (although they mainly color their “paperwork”). For housework, my husband and I split it! But, I dedicate at least 30 minutes to cleaning one room per day. It prevents it from being too overwhelming and I can focus on what is manageable. The absolute BEST thing I did that allowed me to stay on top of everything – and continue rocking motherhood – was finding an activity for myself, by myself. Once a week I get out and do aerial yoga, then I come home refreshed and rebooted – ready to tackle mom life again.”
#10. Time Block
Yours truly here! I used to struggle with managing it all as a busy mom until I started time blocking. Time blocking is when you carve out a particular time to complete a task. I wake up before my daughter and dedicate two hours of my morning to work on my blog. During the day I also dedicate thirty minutes to tidy up around the house. The rest of the day is spent playing, eating, and exploring out and about with my baby girl. Time blocking helps me rock motherhood AND life in general!
So there you have it busy mom! The experts weighed in on how to master motherhood as a busy mom. Take these ideas with you this week and see how they work for you and your family! After implementing these strategies you will be a more productive busy mom.