As a parent, there are so many things that you need to learn in order to bring up your children and provide the best for them. Of course, many of these are picked up on the job as nothing can truly prepare you for what life will be like with a family! As you would likely agree, it doesn’t take too much time to find out how busy everyday can be, and that your to-do list will never truly be empty.
However, this is something that needs to be acknowledged fairly early on so you can reduce the amount of stress you feel. There is no shame in not getting everything done in just one day. Being a parent is all about finding the right balance between running your home and spending quality time with your children, but it is important to remember that one can often influence the other.
You will want to keep your family healthy so you can go on having happy days together – it’s no fun when you or your children are confined to bed to get over a bug that could have been avoided. In order to help you find the right balance, you might want to try a few of these tips for yourself to see if they bring you the equilibrium you are searching for…
Use the right products
There is no point filling up your cupboards with sprays and cleaning supplies that you will never use; it’ll just take you longer to get the job done. Rely on all purpose cleaners such as bleach, disinfectant and anti-bacterial spray; they are relatively inexpensive and can be used in many ways. If you become a pro at using these you will be able to get jobs done in half the time.
Delegate tasks to your kids
You don’t have to do everything alone just because you see yourself as the head of the household. If there are little jobs that could be done by your kids, why don’t you ask that they do these tasks to earn their pocket money? Of course you will want to avoid the jobs that are not safe for a child, but emptying the bins or sorting the recycling could be a good place to start. It is often the perfect way to teach your kids about hygiene too!
Get some help
Then again, you might feel a little safer in the quality of jobs if you get a professional in to help you do the cleaning. Some families have a cleaner who does work on a regular basis, whereas others simply rely on them for an annual deep clean in the spring. Some tasks such as cleaning the oven and removing grime from the bathroom can be time consuming, and can actually be done faster by someone who does it for a living.
It would be really interesting to learn about how you try to achieve this balance within your home, or even if you feel like you just can’t get on top of all of your jobs. Why don’t you leave me a comment to let me know?
*This post was written in association with CannonHygiene.com
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