Time Management Tips For Busy Mothers

 50 Practical Tips for Moms

  1. Write things to do on a list, and plan your day.
  2. Make a game of household chores and do them with your children.
  3. Make your schedule your servant, not your master.
  4. Do a load of washing in the evening so it can be hung out early in the morning.
  5. Play a game or have a competition while doing the chores with your children.
  6. Enlist the children to fold the washing and to put it away.
  7. Teach your children: "Don’t put it down, put it away."
  8. Teach your older children to wash and dress the younger ones.
  9. Have peaceful Christian Music playing softly in your home.
  10. Take time out to do your exercises. Do them with your children.
  11. It’s okay to make a mistake. It’s okay for others to make a mistake.
  12. Go on a journey with your children through an old photograph album.
  13. Take time to read to your children.
  14. Wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to maintain.
  15. Talk less, listen more.
  16. Eliminate or restrict the amount of caffeine in your diet.
  17. Take a nice warm shower or bath.
  18. Sit down and sing some songs with your children.
  19. Take the children (and the dog) for a walk.
  20. Be practical when buying household furniture etc. Expensive items spell stress.
  21. Do a kind deed for someone else. Include your children as this trains them to do kind deeds too.
  22. Put a special stick-on pen by the phone with a pad for messages.
  23. Leave the kitchen clean and tidy every night.
  24. Train your children to politely answer the phone and door.
  25. Be prepared to change your plans.
  26. Don’t ignore problems, but tackle them head on.
  27. Do your shopping on off-hours during off-days to avoid crowds.
  28. Limit the amount of women’s meetings, coffee mornings, and playgroup sessions that you go to.
  29. Be the manager of your home. Your name is Mother, not slave.
  30. Allow 15 extra minutes to get ready when you are going out.
  31. Listen to constructive criticism. Be willing to learn new things.
  32. Spend time in the garden with your children.
  33. Guard the sanctity of your home. Don’t allow others to selfishly invade your life.
  34. If you don’t have time for an early morning Quiet Time, write out one or two verses and pin them up on your fridge or near your kitchen work area – and meditate upon them during the day.
  35. Take the phone off the hook if you want a rest.
  36. Cook two meals at a time, eat one and freeze the other.
  37. Make children responsible for making their beds and keeping their own bedrooms tidy.
  38. Don’t try to do too much – you are not a super-mum!
  39. Remember that the Bible says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
  40. Hum, sing or whistle while doing your work. It creates a happy atmosphere.
  41. Eat a healthy diet.
  42. Don’t compare your family with others. Your family is unique. You don’t have to live up to other people’s expectations.
  43. Be a ‘keeper at home’ and try not to go out too much.
  44. During rest time, pin a note to the door say, "Mother and children resting. Please do not disturb."
  45. Learn to say "No" to others. Family comes first.
  46. You are not a taxi service. Train your children to be contented at home.
  47. Dress neatly and attractively. Staying at home shouldn’t mean a slovenly appearance.
  48. Teach your children to clean up after themselves.
  49. Don’t try to pack more into your days than you have time to for.
  50. Have a some quiet moments alone with your husband each night.

Francie Williams (Above Rubies Team, Woodridge, Australia) and Delwyn McAlister (Above Rubies Committee in New Zealand, and also the Editor of "Keepers at Home" a magazine to encourage wives and mothers.

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