So you’ve returned to work, be it part time/full time, by choice or not. You’re probably wondering how you’re possibly going to cope with being away from your little one for so long, then make up for it in the short time you’re at home whilst keeping your home going.
Firstly, don’t panic! If your house isn’t spotless all the time, who cares? Making the most of the few hours you get with your little one is so much more important and rewarding. Even if they are tired after a busy day at pre-school, a little cuddle from them makes your whole day so much brighter.
Be organised. You don’t need to be strict to the minute, but the only way to get out of the house in the morning without being so flustered you look like you’ve just ran a marathon, is to have a routine. I always get up before the kids so I can get the lunches done and then get myself ready; however I always try to pack everyone’s bags the night before so I have one less thing to do in the morning. It also helps if you can get everyone’s clothes for the next day laid out ready to go.
Make the most of your time. I know after a hard day’s work all you want to do is sit and relax once the kids are in bed, however if you squeeze in the odd household chore every day it means you have less to do at the weekend. I do my housework once the kids are asleep. Then at the weekend, I have more time to spend with the kids.
Shop online. I can assure you after 5 days working you will not want to head into town or the supermarket with 2 toddlers at the weekend! If you have a good home delivery service, why not save yourself a little time and sanity by arranging a home delivery.
Don’t feel guilty. Working parents (and stay- at-home parents) are often played off against each other – why? We all make the decisions to do what we need for our own families based on our individual needs. Don’t be made to feel guilty if you need to work, take pride in the fact you are doing the best job you can as a parent, even if it’s not classed as the “norm” by media and expert opinions.