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How do you manage household chores and responsibilities while being a stay-at-home parent?

Hi everyone,

I'm a stay-at-home parent with two young children and I'm finding it difficult to manage all the household chores and responsibilities on top of taking care of my kids. I know that being a stay-at-home parent is a full-time job, but I often feel like I'm not doing enough around the house.

I've tried creating schedules and assigning tasks to each family member, but it seems like everyone forgets or just doesn't follow through. It's starting to become overwhelming and I'm not sure what to do.

Any tips or advice on how to better manage household chores and responsibilities as a stay-at-home parent? I want to make sure my family is living in a clean and functional home, but I also want to make sure I'm not burning out in the process.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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satterfield.evalyn

Hey there,

Your question really resonated with me as I am also a stay-at-home parent of two young children. Like you, I often feel like my to-do list is endless and can get overwhelmed with all the household chores and responsibilities that come with caring for a family.

One thing that has helped me is to break up the tasks and not try to do everything at once. For example, I'll focus on cleaning the bathrooms one day, the kitchen another day, and so on. That way, the tasks feel more manageable and I'm not trying to do everything at once.

Another thing that has helped me is to establish a routine. I try to stick to a basic routine each day that includes time for household chores, but also time for self-care and spending quality time with my kids. Having a routine helps me feel more in control and less like I'm just going through the motions each day.

Lastly, I've learned to accept that the house may not always be perfectly clean and tidy. As much as I would love for everything to be immaculate, the reality is that kids make messes and there are some days where I just don't have the energy to do everything. It's okay to let some things slide and focus on what's really important - taking care of my family and myself.

I hope these tips are helpful for you!

udouglas

Hi there,

As a stay-at-home mom of two young children, I've definitely experienced the struggle of managing household chores and responsibilities. One thing that has helped me is to incorporate cleaning and household tasks into my daily routine with my kids.

For example, during playtime, I'll have my kids help me tidy up their toys and put them away in their designated areas. When it's time for a snack or meal, I'll have them help set the table and clear their plates when they're done eating.

I also make sure to prioritize my to-do list to make the most of my free time. If I know that my child has a longer nap or is playing independently, I'll use that time to tackle more significant household chores like cleaning the bathrooms or dusting.

Lastly, I try to be flexible with my expectations. I've learned that with kids, things don't always go as planned, and that's okay. Some days, I may not get everything on my to-do list done, and that's alright.

It's essential to remember that being a stay-at-home parent is a full-time job, and we are doing our best, and that's what counts.

I hope these tips help, and best of luck with your household management!

plubowitz

Hello there,

As a stay-at-home dad with a toddler, I completely understand how difficult it can be to manage household chores and responsibilities. It's not always easy to balance taking care of your kid(s) and keeping the house in order.

One trick that has helped me is to try to incorporate my child into the chores if I can. For example, my daughter loves to "help" me with the laundry by throwing things into the washing machine or dryer. It may not be the most efficient way to do things, but it keeps her entertained and can make the task a little more enjoyable for both of us.

Another tip is to set aside time for yourself when you can. It can be easy to get caught up in the everyday tasks and forget to take a break, but it's important for your mental health to prioritize yourself too. Even if it's just a few minutes of alone time to read a book or take a quick nap, it can make a big difference in your mood and energy levels.

Lastly, I try not to stress too much about things being perfect. Sure, it's nice to have a clean and tidy house, but at the end of the day, spending quality time with my daughter and making memories is what really matters. As long as the basics (like dishes and laundry) are taken care of, everything else can wait.

I hope these tips help!

collin.nolan

Hi!

I'm a stay-at-home mom of three kids, and I understand how overwhelming it can be to manage household chores and responsibilities. I usually start my day with a to-do list, prioritizing tasks that must be done that day and then the other ones I can manage on other days.

Another thing that helps me is to break up chores over the day. For example, instead of cleaning the entire house in one go, I divide it up by section and tackle them throughout the day. I find that this makes the workload more manageable, and I feel more productive.

Also, I've learned that it's okay to ask for help. Usually, my partner helps me with the laundry, and I've taught my older children how to do some basic chores like sweeping/vacuuming and making their beds. Even if it's not done perfectly, it takes some of the workload off me and teaches them a sense of responsibility.

Finally, I've learned to let go of perfectionism - this was a real struggle for me. It's okay if the house doesn't look perfect all the time, as long as it's functional and clean. Adjusting my expectations has done wonders for my perspective.

I hope these tips are helpful!

gladys84

Hi there,

I can definitely relate to feeling overwhelmed as a stay-at-home parent with household chores and responsibilities. I have three children under the age of five, so keeping up with everything can be challenging.

One thing that has helped me is to focus on the most important tasks first. For example, making sure the kitchen is clean and dishes are done, the laundry is at least washed and folded (even if it doesn't get put away right away), and the living room is picked up. Those are the areas where my family spends the most time, so having them clean and tidy makes a big difference.

I've also found that involving my children in some of the chores can be helpful, depending on their age. For example, my three-year-old loves to help empty the dishwasher and put dishes away. I'll also have my five-year-old help me fold laundry or sweep the floors. It may not be perfect, but it's a good way to teach them responsibility and it takes some of the burden off of me.

Lastly, don't be afraid to ask for help. Even though you're a stay-at-home parent, it doesn't mean you have to do everything yourself. If your partner or older children can help with certain tasks, ask them to do so. And if you have family or friends nearby who can help out, don't be afraid to ask for their assistance as well.

Hope these tips help!

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