Parenting shortcuts for working mums – 9Honey
Some things just hang around like a bad smell, and for us working mothers, that’s usually guilt… and sometimes crumbs in our hair.
Guilt follows us to the office, where we think, ‘I should be at home with the kids,’ then home, when we feel guilty for thinking about the report due Monday instead of being ‘present’.
Bridget Carmady, founder of organic skincare range and mum of two children under six, is all too familiar with this guilt seesaw.
But rather than let it paralyse her, she’s decided to turn it on its head by re-framing those things we could potentially feel guilty about into super-smart life hacks—because hey, we gotta do what we gotta do to survive, right?
Consider this your permission to incorporate the following into your daily routine, 100 per cent guilt-free:
1. I used to hate the morning struggle to get the kids dressed, so now I just put them to bed in their school clothes. Saves time and arguments. Win, win!
2. I pay the kids pocket money to do chores that I should potentially be doing, e.g. stuffing envelopes for work.
3. I make the first hour home after school ‘free time’, when they’re allowed to choose any snacks (from a particular shelf in the cupboard) and watch whatever they like (from a prescribed list) on Netflix. I call it ‘free time’ to make it sound legitimate but, really, it gives me an extra hour of work.
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4. Often I’ll sit down to watch a movie with the kids and then answer emails on my phone when they’re not looking. Have also been known to do this while playing hide and seek.
5. I occasionally eat their food ‘with them’ so that they finish sooner. They can take so long to eat! Hey, it’s not like they’re malnourished or anything.
6. I incentivise their actions sometimes with races and rewards, e.g. the person who can carry the most groceries in gets the first treat. Great way to get anything done quicker.
7. The kids’ pre-school has an afternoon tea four times time a year (I mean, really, one is enough) where we need to bring a plate of food to share.
I buy a selection of sushi rolls from my local sushi restaurant and then put it on a plate to make it look homemade. I tell everyone that yes, I own a sushi rolling mat (which is not lying, I do actually own one—just seldom used).
8. One time, I went to the trouble of making some bat wings for my son’s school event (okay, so I had completely forgotten and had only 30 minutes before the actual event to create something). They were so bad, no one even knew what they were.
I now purchase all costumes well ahead of time from the ever-reliable costume shop that is eBay.
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