We are all getting busier and busier and I find that there seem to be far fewer hours to get things done once the clocks go back in October. When you’re juggling work and family life, it’s good to have some tricks up your sleeve to get things done in double quick time, to cope with all those commitments such as the kids’ social life and after-school activities. That’s why time-saving hacks for parents are worth their weight in gold.
And getting things done quicker means more time to spend together as a family.
Family time is precious, but with parents often exhausted at the end of a working day and children focused on gadgets we forget to spend just five minutes together.
So how do we save time in the Hobbis household?
Here are my 5 top tips.
Yes, there’s still a little prep time to make a warming beef stew or a veggie curry but there’s nothing better than coming home to a hot meal that’s just waiting to be dished up.
If you can discipline yourself to do this you’ll find you won’t be hit by the 4 pm angst when you remember you’re supposed to throw something together for tea.
Plus having a meal plan streamlines shopping, reduces your bills because you won’t impulse buy and allows you to make better use of leftovers.
You can bet the morning you’re rushing to prepare a lunchbox is the time you’ll discover muddy school uniform and need to get the iron out!
Make things easier by prepping the night before and sticking the whole lot in the fridge to keep cool.
There’s no reason why kids can’t lay a table, put shopping away or (at a sensible age) help with basic chopping and food preparation. I used to peel the potatoes for mum when I got home from school.
We know that we are supposed to turn off our gadgets at least an hour before turning in for the night so having a set switch off time means you have a few more precious moments to read stories, talk about your day and just cuddle.
If you can it’s good to have a designated quiet area for your kids to do their homework. No TV, no music and no gadgets! It’s also worth drawing up a basic homework timetable with the kids so that nothing gets forgotten.
This means checking their school bags when they get home on Friday afternoon because you can bet something will be remembered at 4 pm on Sunday.
You could also incentivise sticking to the timetable by offering a family treat as a reward. Depending on your budget this could be a meal out, a trip to the cinema, a walk to the park, a movie night at home or even playing a board game altogether. The point is to ensure more quality time together as a family.
I hope I’ve given you a few ideas and I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below.