How do you make time for the unplanned stuff?

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Bobbie - posted on 09/22/2012

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#1 - Sick kids - back up sitter such as a relative that lives near by and doesn't work. Or a neighbor that you feel comfortable with. Whom ever is your BACKUP should be ready by having a conversation BEFORE they are needed. Give them all your information in one small card along with a cute magnet so they can put it on their fridge for safe keeping. Discuss pay, possible reasons you would need them, such as simple colds, low fever and such. Ask them to call you at anytime if their circumstances change and they can no longer be available. Always have at least 2 backups and let them know which number they are. I mean, for me my neighbor was my first backup and my children's great grandmother my second backup. Create a sick bag and put it on top of your fridge to be ready for cold and flu season. I kept tissues and cough drops in mine. It was actually a zipper style lunch box so I could add medications and food for lunch to the box and be ready to go to backup's house with sick kid in tow.

#2 - Lost keys, that is a HABIT to create for yourself. If you have a hook somewhere that is designated for keys you need to CREATE THE HABIT of keeping them there. In the same area should be another hook for the spare on a separate ring for each vehicle for the household. (I actually made extra house keys, one for front door and dead bolt for each key ring that held a spare to each vehicle. That way I didn't have to fear being locked out if I had to grab the spare key ring in the morning)

#3 - MORNINGS - I don't care how early I had to rise for my job I always got up one hour earlier than my kids. That way I was ready mentally as a well as dressed and groomed. I even enjoyed a little me time to choose earrings, change outfits, or did required iron touch up to clothes. I could then eat with my kids, and focus on them completely to get them ready. I watched the clock to set time limits on meal, getting dressed and getting items together. The younger they are the more morning preparation time is required. Say you have to breastfeed or bottle feed a baby. I would then get up even a little earlier and wake them before their older siblings to have that quiet time with them after you are ready. I took in news time without fail to know how to dress them appropriately for the weather. In that period of time, if the weather was questionable, I could phone the school board hotline for delays and closings. If they had a delay I had time to request my backup to keep them.

In the winter I started the car right before I woke them. This way the car windows never needed to be scrapped in regular cold weather. The interior was toasty. When parked on the street this is where that spare key ring comes in handy. You can heat the car safely while it remains locked.

If you have time to yourself in the a.m., even 15 minutes of calm and time to think and arrange your day by what has come up (the unplanned) you will still feel ahead of the game, instead of behind the 8 ball.

****If you have more than a few kids then more than a few minutes are required to prepare for your day :) ********

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Bobbie - posted on 09/23/2012

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You have it under control too you just don't realize it :) We as moms can always look at ourselves and find faults. I bet you are unbelievable at many things. Start looking at all the awesome things you do. I am sure there are tons of them that you just don't think is a big deal but your kids treasure :)

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