I AM GOING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING THAT WILL START SAVING YOU TIME AND SANITY, EACH AND EVERY DAY!!!
I'm not going to sell you anything or refer you to another site!!
The easiest and best way for you to get a few extra minutes to yourself is to........
SPEND MORE TIME WITH YOUR CHILDREN!!!!!!!
I will say it again, just in case. SPEND MORE WITH YOUR CHILDREN!!
In all of my years of working with children, THIS is the most important thing anybody could ever tell you!! I know you are probably thinking to yourself, that I am crazy, but hear me out!!
You are trying to get dinner ready, and you have two little munchkins calling your name from another room, for you to come see what they have built, or they're fighting over a toy in another room. Or maybe you have one under each foot in the kitchen.??? All of this confusion will add at least another half an hour to your production time for dinner!! I know, Ugh, right???
Instead try this....... When your child/ren want to know what you are doing in the kitchen, Get them involved, PUT THEM TO WORK!! I don't care if they're only two years old!!
A) Put them up on a chair beside you, or at the table,(so you can keep a good eye on them, haha!!)
B) Give them a plastic knife and a few pieces of whatever veggie you are preparing for dinner and let them go nuts!! You will be AMAZED at how quiet things will get for at least 10 minutes!!
Let them help you get items from the fridge or pantry, add spices, stir, set the table etc.
Get their input, give them two choices of vegetables, let them pick which one you will eat for dinner**
How about housework?? I know what it's like to get up early and clean your house for hours. You finish cleaning your living room, and then head to the kitchen. 20 minutes later you return to sit in your clean living room and ............OMG, it looks like a bomb went off in there, like you hadn't just spent almost an hour cleaning in there. Now you will have to do it all again!!
Try this, when you need to get house work done and you have a little one following behind you destroying the place. Get them involved, PUT THEM TO WORK!!!
After you have already swept your floor, give your little one the little hand held, and let them sweep. It really doesn't matter that they're not really doing anything, because they think they are, and THAT will bring you a few more minutes of peace.
Don't be afraid to give your little one some responsibility, things like picking up their toys, helping to put canned goods into the pantry on grocery day, WILL NOT hurt them. It will only do them and the rest of society a little good, by introducing them to it early!!
Remember, it is our responsibility as parents, to guide and instill the proper values in our children, so that they can grow to become productive and respected members of society!!
IF WE DON'T DO IT, WHO WILL???****