As many of you know, I’ve been pretty ill for the past few months. (So forgive me that this is posting late today & you’ll actually get 2 posts. I’m getting back on top of things, just a little slowly.) Since the middle of May I’ve been hospitalized 15 days on several different occasions. Not exactly the way I envisioned our summer starting. But, life happens and we must take it in stride and keep going. But with 4 kids that can be a difficult task! So, how do we do it? Well, honestly its like the old saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a kid.” Oh how true that is – especially when Mom is out of commission.
So, in light of my recent illness and unexpected hospitalizations I have put together a list of 5 things that have helped our family and house run as smoothly as possible with mom down and out.
1. Be Organized. I have written about it before and I still stand by it – My Household Management Binder. This binder holds all the information for our household and as long as I keep it up-to-date (note key words: as long as) anyone who comes to help at our house will have the information they need (medical, daily routines, chores, etc.)
2. Have a Schedule. Most stay-at-home Mom’s will tell they have a schedule or daily routine – at least for the most part. Yes, there are days I don’t get things done, but I still have a schedule of daily tasks I try to get accomplished so that things don’t pile up too much. Having a schedule like this in place also allows my “helpers” to know what needs to be done and what will help me most on the days they are at my house. So, even if you don’t follow it to the “t”, have a rough schedule written out so others have an idea of what will most help you.
3. Have a Plan. A meal plan that is!! I cannot tell you how much better our days/weeks go when we have a meal plan. We eat healthier for sure. I usually plan only one week at a time, but in light of the past few months I am going to try something new. I am going to put together 6 weeks of meals that can be interchanged and easily implemented. Complete with grocery lists it will make my meal planning time so much easier, but it will also allow others to help when I may be down. That is a goal of mine over the next few weeks. I will be sure and share it with you when I finish!
4. Have Back-up!!! It is so very important to have a support system in your life. Whether it be family or friends, you need their emotional and at times, physical support. It is also important to have a few people you can call at a moments notice. When I went to the ER the 2nd time, we were hopeful that the Hubster could still go back to work that night, so we called in “reinforcements.”
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Not only is it okay and important to ask for help, its also important that you accept help that is offered. Whether it’s from family, friends or your own kids! They want to help you…so let them! It can be something as simple as providing a meal for your family (which is a HUGE blessing!!!!) to coming over and doing laundry for a day to help you “catch-up” on your chores. Whatever the offer is – take it! And one thing to keep in mind as you receive help from people, they will most likely not do things “your” way, but they will get the job done. So let them do it!! So what if they fold the towels a different way, at least they’re clean and folded! So what if they don’t load the dishwasher the way you do – your family will have clean dishes to eat on!!
Trust your “help” to take care of things! I am probably the worlds worst at letting the Hubster do things “his” way. Not because it’s bad, but because it’s not the way I would do it! UGH!!!!! How selfish of me! Who’s to say my way is any better? Well, the past few months that has changed. I have lightened up and allowed him to do things his way. Like how he feeds the kids. I always have these lofty dreams of calm, fun lunches and dinners with the entire family. But, frankly with 3 kids ages 3 and under that’s just nearly impossible! And sometimes it gets down-right hectic trying to get the 3 older kids’ food out on the table, feed Miss Smiley and get some nutrients in me too. Well, the Hubster actually came up with a solution while I was in the hospital – a lunchtime smoothie! He combines her fruit with some milk and she drinks it while he and the older kids are eating. Then, he feeds her veggies. What a smart guy that man is!!
These are just tips from my own personal experience. What tips do you have for keeping your house running when Mom is unexpectedly sick?
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