Being a working parent is anything but easy, but like everything else in life, it can be mastered. You just need to find the right routine that works for you and your family. But sometimes the stress of being a working parent can take its toll and you start creating bad habits that can turn into big problems in the long run. These bad troublesome habits can actually wreck havoc on your routine and mess up your parenting flow. They can even sabotage you from savoring some muchneeded family time at the end of the day. Here are a couple of habits every working parent needs to ditch cold turkey!
- Over Cleaning
While there probably is no such thing as over cleaning, sometimes working parents tend to do a lot of unnecessary cleaningthat cuts the time they can be spending with their family in half. We all have limited time, and wouldn’t you want any extra spent with your kids? We all would, so why are so many of us doing unnecessary chores around the house? Keeping up with simple chores like sweeping, dishes and general pick up should never be ignored, but a deep cleaning should be left as a monthly event. Or, if you can afford it, hire a cleaning person to come and do all the dirty work so that you’re left with lots of free time to play with your kids.
- Turning Your Kitchen Into A Restaurant
Cooking separate meals for your entire family is ridiculous. You’re not a restaurant and doing so takes up way too much time. Cooking special meals for your kids turns them into picky eaters, so make an effort to cook one family meal that everyone can enjoy. And it’s okay if you don’t always eat together, just as long as you don’t have to waste time cooking all these different things.
- Stop making plans with people you don’t like
If you’re always trying to make plans with people who you don’t really see often and are doing it just to be nice, stop making plans in the first place! You’re obviously not seeing them for a reason because if they were good friends, you’d have no excuse. Instead of trying to be polite, don’t even waste your precious time worrying over it or planning anything. Time is limited and should be spent with your family, with your significant other or on yourself. Stop trying to make time for people who don’t add value to your life. Definitely ditch anyone who doesn’t add happiness to your busy and hectic life and only make time for people who matter.
As working parents, trying to juggle family life and work can be tricky. So when you’re home, focus on being home and spending time with your kids. Hopefully you’ll be able to save a lot of time for your family with the aforementioned tips!