Being a parent is hard, but there are a few things you can do to make your life a bit easier. Here is a list of things you can do to simplify your life as a parent:
Protect Your Valuables: This will not only save you a trip to the store, but also help you save money. Invest in car covers, skip the expensive jewelry, and leave your designer outfits on the shelf when out with your kiddo. Because kids learn by touching, and sometimes throwing, you also want to invest in a solid plastic or wooden phone case and screen protector.
Keep Organized: Kids are hectic by nature, so try to find a balance by being organized- especially with your valuables. For instance, if you’ve just upgraded to a new iPhone, you can get an iPhone 7 card holder or an iPhone 7 plus case and card holder to keep your ID and credit cards at the same place as your phone. This will help you avoid digging through your diaper bag at the checkout counter, and helps you avoid losing your driver’s license. If you don’t have the new iPhone, there are many card holder-phone case combos that can accommodate a plastic or wooden phone case.
Teach Self Sufficiency: This not only helps cut down on the amount of work that you have to do over time, but also teaches your kids not to expect to have things done for them. Train your kids to put their toys away after playtime, or to help younger siblings get ready for mealtime. While your kid, or kids, will still need plenty of love and guidance, they will also want to be independent. Providing small tasks for them to accomplish can help them feel more grown up.
If you are worried about properly parenting, chances are that you are already doing it right. But following a few simple tricks and guidelines will help you streamline your life, which will give you more time to take care of yourself and kids.