A. Tell the kids you need “time out” and go to bed.
B. Tell the kids to go to their rooms for “time out” and sit on the couch, put your feet up, and eat your favorite chocolates.
C. Tell the kids you need help, gather the troops and make a plan.
I know, solutions A and B are tempting but not realistic. Sometimes we just need help and if your children are too young to be truly helpful this can be cause for the overload syndrome. That is where you need help from Dad, or a good friend or family member to lend a hand. I recently realized I still suffer from overload and much of it is self-imposed. Recently, my grandchildren came to spend the afternoon and early evening at my house while their parents enjoyed their anniversary out together.
Recently, my grandchildren came to spend the afternoon and early evening at my house while their parents enjoyed their anniversary out together. What did I do? Streamline the activities since I was entertaining six children under the age of ten? Oh, no… that would make sense! Instead, I took all six in the pool, gave the showers (out by the pool – my husband helped with this task), dressed the kids, baked homemade cookies from scratch (of course not just one type), and made grilled chicken and quesadillas. I did have help grilling the chicken, but truthfully, what was I thinking? That’s right, I wasn’t thinking.
Sometimes our plans get ahead of common sense and that is when we find ourselves overwhelmed. In this instance I learned several things:
A. Keep it simple
B. Prepare ahead
C. Enlist help
In keeping it simple I could have ordered pizza for dinner, which the children love and prepared the cookie dough ahead of time – and quickly dropped a batch in the oven when it was time for dessert. Enlisting the help of my teens would have been a great boon as well. The good news was all the swimming did them a world of good and they were very quiet and calm when they were n the house afterwards!
Managing takes planning and I’m delighted to share some very special podcasts recorded recently that deal with some specific issues and please share some of your favorite tips on keeping it simple.
Mommy Jammies Night – speaker Amy Roberts – Home Management For The Homeschool Mom
Making This the Best Year Ever – with Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis
Easy Start Guide to Homeschooling with Hal and Melanie Young
Great Article on Homemaking by Amy Roberts – here