In Week Two of the series “SAHM Lifehack” we will look at setting simple tasks to meet our goals. If you are new, you may want to read the first SAHM Lifehack in the series.
Last week we dealt with simple goals. You can’t create too specific or too large of goals because you will struggle to meet them, fail, feel disappointment, and quit. (I would – I have. I’ve seen memes where the SAHM ends up eating chocolate or crying in Cheerios. This seems to be why).
Look at your goals. Mine were:
1. Rest for the family.
2. Active learning for kids.
3. Clean house.
To accomplish your goals, you must combine them, or accomplish several at the same time. For instance my #2, “active learning for kids,” can be done while cleaning. I don’t hand my two-year-old a toilet brush, but he can participate in unloading the dishwasher. That way, we will count each piece of silverware and discuss the colors of cups.
A three-year-old can organize laundry and describe the colors. A four-year-old can stack books and a five-year-old can wipe baseboards. Count the number of books, or the number of baseboards together. Better yet, count how many baseboards are in the room, how many are in the rest of the house, and figure the percentage cleaned so far.
You may already be doing some of this. Be sure to give yourself credit. Active learning can entail a set lesson plan or prearranged lesson plan. It certainly doesn’t require it.
Another combination is that my “well rested” goal did not only revolve around bedtime. When I wanted my family to be better rested, I took several things into consideration. Children should be active during the day. Part of this can be helping around the house, and playing. Children also need healthy food – which will also be a learning experience if they help in the kitchen.
Children also need less screen time to sleep well. If I am cleaning or doing laundry, I don’t necessarily sit my kids in front of the tv – although I certainly have, but still trying not to turn on the tv too late in the day. Each one can have a puzzle or a coloring book instead.
Eventually, you will be accomplishing your simple goals because you combined them. One thing I know for sure about researching for this SAHM Lifehack series is that parents who stay home do not give themselves enough credit. You cannot see the evidence right away, but that does not mean that you are not providing everyday learning opportunities or keeping life picked up.
Some of you may be thinking, I need a schedule. Come back next Thursday and we’ll talk about scheduling life as a SAHM.