No one likes to do chores. Seriously, it’s one of those life things we all have to do, but we don’t like to do it. When you’re a kid, there’s a Laundry Fairy that brings you clean clothes and puts them away for you. There’s a Dinner Fairy that cooks you a hot meal that appears on the table. There’s a Cleaning Fairy that makes the house sparkle while you sleep. It’s not until you grow up and become a mother that you grow your wings and discover that the Fairy was your mum all along!
Chores are boring but necessary and getting things done to a routine is all part of being a grown-up as well as being a parent. There plenty of ‘mum’ jobs that need to get done around the house and in life, but it isn’t until you are a mother that you understand any of them. There are also some fantastic ways to get some help out there and some of these ideas here are genius! Mum’s have to think about a lot every day to keep everything going, including:
Housework. This has to be done by everyone, parent or not, but for a mum it’s triple the work and triple the time put into it. Not only are you washing your own clothes and running a mop over the kitchen floor, you’re changing more than one bed. You’re doing more than two loads of washing and drying per week and you are putting away toys that come with a billion invisible pieces for you to step on at night.
Routine. Not technically a chore, but it’s a job on its own to keep a house and family running to a strict schedule. Not only do you have to purchase calendars that aren’t based on a smart phone, you have to make an internal note of times and live hour by hour in segments. Some of these include times for waking up, breakfast, wash, kids dressed, school run, errands, lunch, playtime with the baby, school pick up, homework, dinner, bath, more chores, kids bedtime, half an hour wind down and collapse! Routine is key for a happy, efficient household and every mum reading this will appreciate that fact.
Planning. Anything that requires serious thought means planning. Holidays for the family that need to be carefully budgeted and saved for is one of them. The other is planning for your future once the kids have flown the nest, knowing what happens next. Seeking advice from retirement planning specialists is one of those errands on the list you have to do to ensure your future is in place. The world may feel like it’s stood still while you have a family but time marches right on while you’re not looking.
Mum jobs can sometimes be enough to bore you to tears and relentless routine feels like it’s Groundhog Day every day. But without these routines to stick to, without the family to revolve around, and without being the Fairy that everyone needs you to be, you won’t get to see the smiles and satisfaction from the people you’re running around after. That’s what it’s all about, right?