Young children and housework

Ranbir - posted on 07/17/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi I have two boys a five year old and two year old who are very active and want constantly entertaining. I am finding it a real struggle to cope with their needs and organising housework. I have antiphospholipid syndrome and feel fatigued very quickly. Can anyone help in suggestions on how I can organise between housework and children?

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Ranbir - posted on 07/18/2013

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Thank you so much for your advice. Sometimes things get cloudy when your judgement is clouded by feeling hopeless and stressed x your advice has helped me put things into perspective :-)

Heather - posted on 07/18/2013

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Teach your kids some activities they can do without you to occupy their time. Playing with playdough, coloring, watching a little tv, and playing fun and educational video games are a few ideas. While they are engaged in these activities, do a chore or two. Yes, I know. There are probably a few moms who just keeled over at the mention of tv and video games. Time limits. One mom I know juggled three children. She would set a timer a few times each day where the kids had to occupy themselves and let her get some chores done. When they were a little older she used it to also spend one on one time with each of her children and the others would have to occupy their time until the timer went off. Yours are still young enough to make cleaning a game. Let them help you clean. If you have stairs, get one basket for upstairs and one for down. Instead of making a million trips up and down collect items in the basket throughout the day and bring them up the next time you need to climb the stairs. When you come down leave that basket upstairs and bring the other one down. My kids liked having their own colored basket I bought at the dollar store or Walmart. They would put their toys, etc... and when it was "basket time" they would bring the basket upstairs and either put their toys away of dump them in a pile in their rooms and bring the empty basket back. Remember - There's always something to get done. Prioritize and look back at everything you accomplished with your day instead of what you didn't. Put at least one chore in your agenda that will stay done for a while when you get discouraged and enjoy your boys.

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