Managing school schedules, music lessons, sports teams, church activities, playtime, meal time, bath time, bedtime, homework and after-school jobs is hard enough to do with multiple children in a two-parent household. It's even more daunting when all this responsibility falls on the shoulders of one person instead of two.
Here’s a revelation — you don’t have to be running everywhere and doing everything to be a successful and “good” parent. Most parents would agree that they’re not even entirely sure what those two adjectives mean.
There’s no manual or how-to or best-practices guide to parenting. It’s simply a lesson in learning what you can, and then making it up as you go along as life lifts its totally unpredictable head.
But the below time management tips will help with all the responsibilities that come with single parenting.
Time Management Tip #1: Master Multi-tasking
Multi-tasking doesn’t mean carrying a bunch of things from one room to the other with the intent of putting them away and then getting sidetracked with all the other things you discover need to be done in each room.
• doing a little gardening while the kids are playing outside
• cleaning the bathroom during bath time (great time for laundry too if your laundry room and bathroom are close together)
• Coordinating homework time at the kitchen table while you tidy up
Time Management Tip #2: An Earlier Start Means an Easier Start
Waking up just 20 minutes before your children do will give you a bit of take-care-of-me time before being thrust into the taking-care-of-kids time. If you feel more ready for the day, instead of just being thrust into it when someone jumps on you in the morning, you will fell less stressed and more capable of taking on the challenges of life.
Use that extra 20 minutes for a shower, quick tidy up, breakfast planning, reading, meditation and prayer, putting on a load of laundry—whatever you need to help get your day started.
Time Management Tip #3: Ask for Help