Let’s face it, life is BUSY! And you’re a single parent so life is BUSIER! Carving out some leisure/free/fun time for you and your kids takes some planning and organizational skills, but it’s worth it.
Who doesn’t want more free, fun time with their kids! Let’s see how we can make more of that happen.
Daily Routines are Your Friends
Establish daily routines for your family so that everyone knows what’s expected of them. Routines won’t solve all of your battles, but there’ll be fewer surprises. Bedtime routines as well as morning routines really help your single parent household run more efficiently. Don’t forget homework, chores, and meal time rountines. Get yourself a dry erase board and have your routines in a place where everyone sees them often. Routines definitely save you time.
A Family Calendar is a Must
Along with your routines board, you need a calendar where everyone can see it. Keep track of your special events, special school activities, and appointments, etc. This cuts down on conflicts and lets you (and the kids) keep track of the logistics of who needs to be where at what time. An up to date calendar will save you even more time.
Motivate your Kids to do their Chores
You’re a single parent. You need to get household chores done on a daily basis but there’s no way you can do it alone. You may disagree, but the fastest way to get the chores done (and with no whining) is to offer an incentive. It could be money but it doesn’t have to be. You can make the incentive internet access when their chores are done. Whatever motives your child. Chores are more likely to get done quickly and properly if there is an incentive attached.
Plan Your Meals
Obviously you’re going to take your kid’s preferences into consideration, but it is a huge TIME and MONEY saver when you plan your meals out weekly. Planning your weekly meals out saves on trips to the grocery store – you only need to go once. If you can pre-make meals for the week and freeze them, you save more time. An added bonus is family fun time together in the kitchen if your kids like to cook with you.
If you follow these tips you will be able to regain some precious time that you and your kids can use for more enjoyable things, like spending some fun leisure time together.