3. Delegate, delegate, delegate. No, you are not slacking off on your job if you give others chores to do. In fact, for your children, you are helping them grow to be happier as adults. A 40-year-long Harvard University study followed 456 children over the 40 years. Those assigned chores from an early age grew into adults that were more successful in their careers and marriage, living healthier, happier lives than the children that did not have chores.
Some tasks kids can do: vacuum; take out the garbage; dust their rooms; water plants; make beds; wipe windows clean; walk the dog; empty dishwasher; set the table. You get the idea.
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4. Use five minute segments to get tasks done. Don't wait for that block of two free hours to magically appear so that you can clean out all of your kitchen cupboards, fold the week's worth of laundry or clean the bathrooms. It won't happen. Grab that five minutes that does come your way, every day. Smooching 101: 3 Easy Steps To Becoming A Better Kisser
Wipe out one kitchen cupboard while you wait for the coffee to brew. Fold the laundry as soon as it comes out of the dryer. (It will only take you two minutes now rather than the half an hour later because you would have to iron what wrinkled while it sat in a pile waiting to be folded.) Wash out the bathroom sinks while you are talking on the phone with your friend.
5. Schedule time to have fun. That's right, schedule fun! You need fun times to re-energize. If you don't fit in time to enjoy your life, no one else will. Think of things that destress you, then schedule those things into your week first. Work everything else around that time. 25 Secrets To A Loving, Lasting Marriage
Do you love going for lunch with a friend? Schedule a friend each Friday morning for a meeting at a nearby eatery. Do you want to learn how to swim like an Olympian? Sign up for swimming class. Love taking warm bubble baths while listening to soothing music? Make a date with yourself, your bath, and a "do not disturb" sign on your bathroom door.
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It's your job as a stay-at-home mom to take care of others, but it's also your job to take care of yourself. Putting yourself first and finding ways to make your life less stressful is not about being selfish, it's about giving. Giving to yourself allows you to be a better mom because you will be happier, more fulfilled and more energized, and that's a mom any child would love to have.