Caring for a children is a hard work. It is more complicated when your child is constantly seeking your attention, has separation anxiety or refuses to play on their own. I have a 16 month old toddler who constantly seeks my attention. At times It is really hard to balance doing the other things in your life whilst giving attention to a toddler. I have spoken with a few other mums too and together have collated a few tips which I would like to share it with you. These tips have helped me to get some free time or me time.
First thing you can do is: try discussing it with your spouse, other family members or the child's grandparents. Talk to them to find out if they are able to provide some help. Help can be by babysitting the toddler while you get some housework done or offer to do some housework while you look after your child.
If you haven't got anyone to help you then you can try the following things:
1) Take a piece of paper and write down all your household chores for the week. Number it according to your priority. Write down the duration you are going to spend on each household chores and when. Your aim should be getting the major household chores done in 1-2 days and leave the minor ones for later.
For example, you may want to choose the Friday and Saturday chores; write down your targets for those two days and what you want to achieve.
2) Food Prepping:
Food cooked for the next week.
With an attention seeking youngster it's almost impossible to cook everyday. You can either cook in bulk over the weekend or similarly you can food prep for next week. Which will save lots of time and reduce your workload for the next week.
3) Keep your meals simple.
4) Teach your child the 'concept of packing things' after he or she finishes with play time.
5) Good timing is essential. If you have any other things to be done throughout the day, aim to get it done when your little one is taking a nap or when they have gone to bed.
6) An early bedtime can help. I know it doesn't sound relevant but, if you bring them to a habit of going to bed between 7 to 8 it will benefit you as you will get lots of things done and also some 'you time'.
7) Get your kids into the habit of feeding themselves. Trust me you'll be doing yourself a great favour. While they get busy trying to feed themselves, you will find plenty of time to get something done.
I hope the tips will be useful to you. If you have any other tips please feel free to share in the comment section.