How do you balance your daily routine with kids and try to exercise?

Wendy - posted on 03/29/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I really want to start exercising and eating healthier each day starting tomorrow while taking care of the housework. I have two children to care for but also want to have fun with them during the day. Any suggestions?? Thank you. :)

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Karen - posted on 03/30/2011

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I joined an exersise bootcamp that is twice a week, so when hubby comes home from work at 5pm I'm able to go for 45min and break a sweat. IF it's nice here, I go for a walk around that time too. That's the stressful time of day for me so it works great to be able to have him take care of everything while I have 'ME" time!
P.S. I haven't actually lost any weight yet, but did lose inches.

Stifler's - posted on 03/30/2011

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Oh ok if she doesn't want to nap then you could set a timer for 30 minutes or something and make her have "quiet time" in her room. That's what my next door neighbour used to do because her kids would be all cranky but would refuse to go to sleep and then she could have half an hour to herself.

Wendy - posted on 03/29/2011

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our 2nd child takes 1 nap usually around 12-1:30 and sometimes she will refuse and our 1st child goes to school all day and he starts to fall asleep for bed around 9

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Do your kids still take naps? If so, that's a good time to exercise or do housework. If not, set them up with a craft to get something done. I have a flexible daily schedule that helps me keep up with my housework and allows plenty of time for me to spend with my children. However, if something happens and I can't stick with the schedule, it's not a big deal. I just pick up the next day. Here's a brief outline:



-Wake up with the kids, make breakfast and eat...unload the dishwasher and start a load of laundry

-Older daughter watches Sesame Street as I shower and get myself ready for the day, then I get the girls ready

-Mid-morning we run errands (grocery, story time at library) or do a craft project

-Lunch and nap - I'll do one major household chore and finish the laundry during this time. I'll also play around on the computer if I have time.

- mid-afternoon we'll play outside, take a walk, or play.

-Cook supper while older daughter plays by herself or colors then we eat as a family and husband will put dishes in dishwasher and start it (will be unloaded first thing in the morning) while I start bath time

-bath time- I'll clean the bathroom while daughter plays in the tub

-bedtime for girls and then I wipe down kitchen counters, sweep kitchen - then alone time with husband



I also have a rule for my older daughter that she cannot take out a new toy until she puts away the one she's playing with. This keeps toys under control.



Like I said, this schedule doesn't always happen. But it helps. Make a schedule that will fit your family's needs. Base yours on keeping your kids needs priority, then exercise routine, then the most important daily household chores (my most important household chores are dishes, laundry, clean bathroom, clean kitchen...so I have a time when I do each of these everyday).

Brianna - posted on 03/29/2011

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my daughter sleep 2 or 3 hours in the afternoon so while she sleeps i do at least a half hour of wii fit or other excercises and the rest of the time cleaning. i vaccum as my daughter eats lunch in her highchair (she is a slow eater) i clean my most of my bathroom as shes playing in the bath tub, also taking long walks with tay and the dog in the summer is always fun (i try to do it daily when the weather is nice), my daugher goes to bed at 8pm so make sure the dishes are all in the dishwasher and start it and if i have towel or laundry to fold i sit on the couch and watch tv while i fold it then i relax for the rest of the evening when my hubby gets home( he usually works late)

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