5.04.2017

Keeping Organised as a Family

One thing I'm not very good at in life is being organised.  Now, with having two children this doesn't go down to well as organisation and routine are two key things you need in life especially when being a parent.  This is something I am working on, and something that is massively important as when there is no routine for example at bedtime, if your letting your children go to bed whenever they want, not having a set bath, story and bedtime then, you are going to end up with a very grumpy and tired child.  But when they have a set routine and you are organised in life they will be happier and life will be less challenging when it comes to bedtime (I will be talking more about bedtime routine below).  These are just one of the things I'm using as an example for, I could probably do with about 10 different wall planners and to do lists when it comes to organising my life.

Here are a few ways I'm going to keep organised in life from now on!

Children's Bedtime:
This is something that I have really shot myself in the foot for, before my partner came along I spent all of my evenings laying in bed with my girls until they fell asleep which at times probably because of me being in the bed they wouldn't want to go to sleep and bedtime felt like it was going on forever, or I would end up falling asleep with them.  I found it frustrating but at the same time I caused it, as I wasn't doing bedtime properly.  They always have a bath in the evenings then story time, then bed my biggest problem was that I wasn't just tucking them in like I should have done was given them a kiss and gone out of the room for them to fall asleep by themselves instead I was feeding into what they wanted, and that was Mummy constantly in the bed, they totally had me wrapped around their fingers.  I was getting no adult free time and they weren't getting the proper rest they really needed. So fast forward to now where bedtime is getting easier, one thing I would like to introduce for them both are bedtime reward charts, I used these with Abigail before Sophia was born and they always worked a treat, at the end of the week if she filled her chart then she would be rewarded with something small like a pack of stickers, or a colouring book (thank goodness for the 99p store!)

Meal Planning 
I've never really written out a meal plan for the week before but I know that we would benefit from this, I find myself wasting a lot of food each week and for me I could probably keep my weekly cost of food shopping down by having a planner.  Knowing what we are all having each day for the week would be great, and having a weekly planner chart up in the kitchen would help me keep on top of this.  On top of meal planning also write out a shopping list I am forever going into the supermarket without writing a list knowing that I'm going in for a few particular things and not coming out with one thing that I had on the list that I'd made up in my head!




Chore Board
Now Abi's 8 she's at an age where she can help out around the house (don't worry she's not treated like Cinders!!) but she's more than capable of helping polish, clean her room and do the basics like making her bed every morning.  Does she do any of these things, very rarely so I'm really considering getting a chore board to write out simply every day things for her and Sophia to do like make their beds, clear away their toys after playing.  I also think this is massively important to encourage them to become responsible and at Abis age to start earning pocket money.  Even for myself on the days I have work I feel like I'm missing out on doing so much, one or two days of not tidying up properly can make a massive difference.



What are your key tips to keeping organised?






5.02.2017

Terrible Two's!? Forget that, here comes the Threenager

The terrible twos is a trying period in your child's life and an important time for your child to develop their independence.  One minute their clinging onto you, the next minute they'll be running in the opposite direction.  With Sophia I found that she didn't actually go through the terrible twos, until now.



I thought I had a lucky escape from it all but hell no the terrible twos seem to have come at three years old (Threenager stage).  I don't remember really going through anything with Abigail she's always been quite a placid toddler.

Now lets talk about the Threenager, my 3 year old going on 13, I never knew how challenging it was until now dealing with such an independent and cheeky girl but, at the same time I love to see her changing and her personality and confidence growing.  It is literally like watching a teenager develop, with her confident attitude, she wants to do everything herself, she's even started to walk off in strops when I tell her off, not what I expected from a 3 year old but I wouldn't have her any other way.  I do discipline her and she does push me to my limits at times but I know its just a phase and we'll have to calmly get through it.  I think having her big Sister doesn't help at times, she feeds off of Abi's character and independence too.

I don't know about you but before I really struggled with the girls bedtime, my own fault really as every night I would go in their room with them and stay in Sophia's bed until she went to sleep, such a bad habit to get into.  I know its lovely to hug and kiss them at bedtime and make them feel safe but the worst thing I could have done was stay in the bed until she fell asleep.  We're slowly but surely getting there with the routine of me tucking her in and leaving the room so she falls off herself and its also nice for me to get a break in the evenings without just crawling straight into bed feeling like I had no life!

Parenting will never be a sail in the park will it, I am still learning new things everyday about my girls and ways in which to be the best I can as a Mother.  One thing I have learn't is never to let the bad times get you down as usually the good always outweigh the bad.

I will though be glad to see the back of the Threenager stage eventually, and dreading dealing with the real phase in 10 years time!








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