As adults, we’re pretty awesome at a lot of things most of the time. Let’s face it, adulting is hard! But we tackle big challenges all the same; in our careers, our finances, and our health. We build impressive things. We write legal documents. We manage teams and conferences and estates and classrooms. But when it comes to parenting, we often feel surprisingly unsure whether we know what we’re doing at all.
We love these tiny humans we made with a love so fierce and strong, and yet, half the time we shake our heads and wonder if we’re getting it all wrong and why this parenting gig is so darn hard? I mean really fucking hard (and that’s swearing!) Raising these hilarious, amazing, wild little humans of ours is both tough and tremendous, precious and perplexing, all at the same time. In fact, I don’t know about you, but it’s not uncommon for me to feel totally conflicting things at any given moment: Looking forward to a quiet empty nest, while wishing I could just freeze time and keep my children exactly as they are in this moment. Desperately longing for some peace and quiet, while loving the chaos and life surrounding me. Wishing MB would stop saying, “Mom! Mom! Mom!” even as I’m craving conversation with that fascinating little person of mine.
No matter what your day has been like, whether you locked yourself in the bathroom to cry after you blew up at your kid or if “Mama needs some alone time” evolved into hiding in the pantry and inhaling a bag of hula hoops or your budding artist decided today was the day to create a mural on the living room wall with your coloured Sharpies (the horror!) There’s one thing you already know: Sometimes parenting is awesome. And sometimes it’s not. You’ll take the not-so-awesome parts along with the beautiful parts. Because it’s so worth it. But if you could find resources to help make it a little more awesome and a lot less hard? It’d be a no-brainer!
I’ve teamed up with some of the finest UK bloggers to talk hacks, parenting and time: bringing you some of the best tried and tested tips from parents who’ve been there and done that – and come out on top! I asked for the best time saving parent hacks that these guys had to offer, and they didn’t disappoint!
Marc Curtis from Living Unplugged says “For us it’s menu planning. We plan all the meals for the week on a Friday and do a big shop. It helps us control the budget, makes sure we have food for dinners and packed lunches and gives us the opportunity to build new recipes into our repertoire.” Living Unplugged is a UK based family team passionate about reconnecting people with the world through clean eating, mindfulness and digital detoxing.
Steph Cvetkovic of Expert Home Tips says “For cleaning and disinfecting toys, there’s no need to spend hours scrubbing away when you can use your dishwasher to tackle this tricky job. Pop all of the toys onto the top shelf of the dishwashing machine and set the cycle running. Just make sure you don’t throw any battery-powered toys in by mistake.” Expert Home Tips does exactly what it says on the tin and doesn’t disappoint! Head on over for some amazing home management, time saving and cleaning hacks. Her article, Amazing Parent Tricks that will Change your Life is certainly one to pin for later reference!
Amy Mighalls runs MamaMighalls.com and says “When I get my little girl out of bed I set her bed back up ready for bedtime. I lay out her sleeping bag in bed and put a nappy and pj’s on her changing mat”. Amy’s tip is definitely a routine to get into and can make bedtime more bearable!
Claire Casswell, one half of team at The Happy Weaner, gives us THE BEST tip for safer and happier meal times! “Having the kids plastic bowl / plate in the freezer to cool their food down quickly saves time and tears”. While Katy Stevens from Katy Kicker says “I love to use my slow cooker! Using my slow cooker allows us to sit down whenever we need to for dinner and not worry about what we are having. I can set it in the morning, or even fill it the night before and pop it in the fridge, and we have dinner ready”. Both Katy and Claire have some amazing tips and tricks that you should check out! Maisie Gibbons of Love Maisie speak to those with really tiny humans and say’s “If you formula feed, pre pot the portions every day/night for the next 24, so you don’t have to faff around counting scoops when your little one is screaming in your ear!” I hear ya Maisie!
Sinead Latham tells us “For me it’s packing Small Human’s bag the night before and leaving it by the front door. We barely have time to get ourselves ready let alone pack a bag in the mornings so this saves time!” This epic tip is backed up by Rachel Bradford of Illustrated Teacup who says “If you’re going to nursery, pack yours and their bag the night before to save the panic packing in the morning!!” And speaking of time saving hacks, Kati Taylor from How to Rock at Parentingsuggests the best kids organising system I have ever heard! “We made ourselves a time saving organiser that works! This organiser saves us lots of time in the morning. All the boy’s clothes go in there for the week ahead. Homemade from some plastic pouches stapled to strengthening fabric, adhesive letters, a stick and some ribbon.”
Ann Hickman from Rainbows are too Beautiful says “Sometimes it’s essential that we just stop and take a little time for ourselves. Something that makes us feel good or even re-energised. Something that allows us to recharge our batteries even if just for a moment.” And I think she’s is spot on! I’m always banging on about self-care so thanks for the backup Ann! And last of all but my super favourite (because I do this too!) comes from Lisa Gumn of Mummy Gummie “Buying socks in all the same colour to save time trying to find the matching pair!” Genius Lisa!
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