According to Parenting Communicator Priscilla J. Dunstan, working moms should arrive 20 minutes early to pick up the kids from school or recreational activities and use that extra time to clear your mind, read a magazine, send personal e-mails to friends or grab a cup of coffee. By properly transitioning this way, when the children are done with school and ready to go, you'll have long left "work mode" behind and can fully focus on the kids in "parent mode." Taking those extra 20 minutes for you will enhance the quality of the time you spend with your children.
Working moms should always be prepared for a worst case scenario, says Ms. Dunstan. If your child spills the last of the milk at breakfast, and all you have for breakfast in the house is cereal, be prepared by having powdered or canned milk in the cupboard for emergencies. The time you will spend grabbing breakfast at the drive thru will make your kids late for school, you'll be late for work and your whole day will be thrown off.
If you cannot afford to hire someone to help with cooking, cleaning or yard work, Ms. Dunstan suggests working moms tag team with friends or neighbors who can help. For example, you can hire the same cleaning person with your neighbor and get a discount for the two homes or hire a student to run errands, all of which frees you up to spend the extra time with your children.
If you're making a casserole, prepare enough for two and freeze one. The time you save preparing dinner is time you can spend reviewing your child's homework or reading an extra bedtime story.
According to Susan Lynn Perry author of Procrastination Elimination, tell the kids you've decided to start packing spinach and broccoli for their lunches... unless they would like to make their lunches themselves. Encourage them to take responsibility for their own lunches, which will shave some time off your morning routine.
Every Sunday put the clothes you and your kids have chosen at the front of your closets, says Ms. Perry. This will eliminate the time-consuming morning hassle of looking in your closet and waiting for something to "speak to you."
This one simple task will free up a few minutes in a working mom's tight morning schedule so you can start out the day a little easier and a little less rushed.
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