By CYNTHIA PEARCE
Being a working mum can be great. As long as you love your job, love your kids and accept the fact that you’ll never have enough time in your day, and that sleep is optional, you’re all set.
Or, you can save crucial minutes with Mummy Hacks like this. They are absolute GOLD.
You can work, raise your kids, get some sleep AND have time for breakfast.
Mummy Hack #1 – The easy-as school bag holder.
A school bag nook is something every working parent needs. All you have to do is go to the hardware store, buy two pieces of wood, paint them a groovy colour, secure around 8 hooks on to them (4 per piece) and then secure it in the kitchen of your home or entryway.
This is where all bags live, especially school bags.
The great thing about the school bag nook is that you never lose the school bags and hats, because you will teach your kids to hang them there as soon as they get home, they are nice and high which makes packing them and unpacking them easier, and you won’t ever trip over them.
Use the other hooks for the kids’ sports bags, excursion bags and your handbag. And things like school ties.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Dairylea. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in her own words.
Mummy Hack#2 – The colour-coded shoe lace trick.
When teaching your kids to tie their shoelaces (especially efficiently) you need this failsafe trick.
Get two different coloured shoelaces and weave them through your child’s shoes. Make it so that half the shoelace is one colour, and the other half is a different colour.
That way, when your child is learning to loop, swoop and pull they’ll know which shoelace they should be looping and which one they should be pulling through
Mummy Hack#3 – The get-dressed production line.
Forget getting kids dressed and ready one-by-one. What a waste of time. Here’s what you do.
Before getting your kids out of bed, get all their clothes for the day ready and put them in the living area, lined up one after the other. As your children get out of bed, brush their teeth and stumble into the living area, point them towards their pile. Older kids can dress themselves and as you dress younger kids, you can hurry them along.
Then they can eat breakfast while you get ready.
Mummy Hack #4 – The freezer lunches.
You have to become really efficient with your time, and that means being prepared. Why pack lunches every morning when you can do a week, or even two weeks in advance.
Over the weekend, make all your children’s sandwiches for the week, including you own, and put them in the freezer. Then, pack them in bags each morning and by lunchtime they will have thawed perfectly.
Do the same for morning tea. Pack enough for a week or two in labelled brown paper bags and in the morning you just have to add fruit.
Mummy Hack #5 – The money jar ATM.
We have a giant red tin on our kitchen bench that says, ‘Biscuits’. It is full of small change. Every time we have spare coins or too much change we throw it all in there and that’s the money I use for lunch orders and for all the other things kids need to bring money to school for.
There are donut days, gift stalls, donation days, tuckshop money…all sorts of things.