This week’s best time saving tips for busy moms include stories of working moms, simple meals to save time, money, and sanity, and ways to have a fun summer:
Do you think I had a baby and said to myself, “Gee, wouldn’t it just be the best thing in the whole-wide-world to let other people spend 40 hours a week with my son!” “I mean, I don’t need to spend that much time with him do I??” “10 hours of quality time during the week should be sufficient for me!” “I would love for my baby to learn new words while at daycare instead of from spending time with his dad and myself.” “I would love for him to enter the room at daycare and immediately waddle up to the teacher and beg for her to pick him up because he likes being with her so much.” “Yep, that would be the life for me!!!”
- we embrace eating at home
- during busy seasons, we’ve made it a point to embrace simple meal ideas
- we make it a point to plan our meals in advance so we don’t get tired of one simple meal
- We also always eat most, if not all, of our leftovers
- During a busy season in life, we make elaborate meals on the weekends and make a big batch
- We’ll bake one or two items for breakfast on-the-go, like muffins.
- during the week, we’ll eat our baked good for breakfast, leftovers for lunch and have a simple meal for dinner, like crackers and cheese and fruit.This saves a ton of time since no one’s really doing any cooking
Like most of the country’s female population, I devoured the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in about three days. Other than some of the more obvious content, I was intrigued by Ana’s working mother persona. Perhaps it is because we are both named Anastasia. But I found three things interesting:
You see, I don’t want any working mom to feel like she has to compete with me or anyone else. I am here to teach, help, and empower working moms. Not make them feel like they can’t reach their goals.
So here is a secret I have not told many. Listen up… because it’s kind of hard for me to put it out there.
It wasn’t always this way for me.
I wasn’t born with a magical playbook. I developed my success playbook over years and years of trial and error. I developed systems that work… strategies anyone can put to use.
And it all starts with five essential skills you must master.
Recently, at a conference I spoke at in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Gerber. So much of what he and I talked about made tremendous sense. And I saw these five factors as some of the essential keys to my success.
I have never sat down and wrote them out before, so take note.
Don’t get me wrong, I love love love summer with my kids. We create memories that last forever and want it to be summer all year long (at least that first week), but I learned a long time ago, that reality is well, reality. And there can be too much of a good thing.
I know I’m a great mom and I don’t need a summer to tell me that. But I want to live this summer without regrets and I plan to do so by following these simple thoughts:
I am a full-time (okay, a little more than full time) working mother, and my husband is a full time working pastor. We have three sons – ages 5,3, and 1 (well, add a couple months onto each of those).
My problem is when I get home after a busy day. My husband who (depending on the day) has been with the kids (on Tuesdays and Fridays) while I’m at work looks depressed and, dare I say almost “pouts” when I arrive home from work. I am kind of um, tired and disgusted by his attitude, to which I tell him (rather forcefully) to leave and go to work. He then tells me that he doesn’t feel free to leave, because I am angry. I tell him it is NOT up to him to “make” me feel happy, and, that it would be really cool to me if he left and just went and did something he liked.
Recently, there has been an article making its way around social media, written from the perspective of a stay at home mom. The article has caused a great stir and uproar amongst people everywhere, and not just moms. I’m here to offer the other side. The working mom. In no way is this meant to be negative towards those that stay at home. I have a great amount of respect for stay at home moms. This is my experience, and my experience alone.
How do you keep it all together? Share your tips in the comments.
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Posted by: Raki Wright