If you have a large brood (or even a small one!) your schedule is likely jam-packed and it’s tough to take any time for yourself. Being a parent and spouse can really feel like a full time job, and one you don’t get paid for. There is a lot on your plate at all times and all kinds of things to remember to do.
Sometimes even the simplest things can feel like impossible tasks, and get thrown to the wayside because you’re out of time and energy. Of course, you care about your family more than anything and would do whatever is in your power to make sure they stay healthy and happy. So here are four easy tips to help you do just that.
Keeping your house clean and tidy may be the last thing on your mind, but it’s important to ensuring everyone in your home (including yourself) stays healthy. Make sure to keep everything in working order such as electricity, appliances, running water, etc. If you have a pest issue make sure to call pest control as soon as possible as some pests can carry diseases that can be easily spread to humans. And don’t forget to regularly check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. They save lives.
Make Time For Yourself
This may seem counterintuitive, but in order to be the best parent and partner you possibly can, you really need to take plenty of time for yourself and engage in acts of self care on a regular basis. Get plenty of sleep too, otherwise you will get burnt out and easily irritated. Take care of yourself first and then you’ll be better equipped to take care of everyone else.
Cook At Home
Eating out sometimes is perfectly fine, and sometimes it is the only option due to lack of time. But make sure to fit it into your family’s schedule to eat a home-cooked meal at least a few times a week. You can even meal-prep over the weekend to make things more streamlined.
Not only is this a great way to watch all of the ingredients you’re putting into your family’s bodies, it is also a wonderful time for you all to bond with one another and reflect on your days. Also try making a no phones rule at the dinner table to make the conversations even better.
Go On Vacations Together
Everybody needs a reset and a break from reality every so often, even kids! Try to take your family on a vacation at least once per year, even if just for a weekend. If you’re on a budget, remember that vacations don’t have to be expensive! You can pack everyone into the car for a road trip or to go camping nearby. If leaving town just isn’t an option for you, plan a day every so often to explore the city in which you live. Some ideas for this include beaches, parks, the zoo, the library, or museums. Get creative and break away from your routine every so often. Your family will thank you.
We are all doing the best we can and taking care of homes and families is tough work! So Give yourself a pat on the back. Now get back to that beautiful family of yours and spend some quality time.