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Back to Basics: Being a Working Parent

Between work and home, sometimes it seems life is so busy that you just want to make sure your basics get done.  Ain’t no shame in it.  (And luckily for most of us, there is more than one way to be a good parent!)  Here are some tips to help you with the basics – the rest can go to heck:



A little planning goes a long way.  Most of us are just happy when everyone can agree to eat the same dinner.  (I now understand the old “this is not a restaurant”/ everyonesmom.) I made a failed attempt to have a full week of dinner menus planned for a while. (I don’t know what I was thinking).  If you can swing that or the Once a Month Cooking, then you’re all set.  A more reasonable compromise:  make a big/double dinner on Sundays so that you don’t have to cook after work on Mondays.  I heart not cooking on Mondays.
            *I made this one last weekend and it was a hit



Tony Little or Tony Robbins or whoever says to model successful behavior, so I asked the only working mom I know who totally seems to have her act together.  She said she got a cleaning lady and got her weekends back. 

*She also has two kids that sleep 7pm-7am (I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP) every day.  She also made her own organic baby food and only gives her kids organic vegetarian food now.  Did I mention that she’s intelligent and beautiful too?  Let’s all take a moment to hate her…

…ok.  The key takeaway here is that you don’t need to be rich and famous to have someone come over every couple of weeks to help you clean.  It’s really not that expensive and the payoff for your family life is huge.



If you pick out your clothes the night before and have them ready for the next day, you’ll save valuable morning time.  Also, I keep reading about how it’s a good idea to have a “launch pad” near the front door where each family member has their own spot/cubby/whatever to keep their things that need to go with them to school/daycare/work the next morning.  Most of us don’t have the wherewithal in the mornings to remember all the hats, sunglasses, mittens, bags, permissions slips, letters to be mailed, books…

Want more tips?  Here you go

Bonus:  Some Back to School Tips from the best tip sites I know of:
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