I have been a stay-at-home mom for the past two years but that all changed recently when I started my new job. Now that I started back to work some things had to change in our families life so that life would still run smoothly.
A household that is used to having a stay-at home-mom can experience a real shock when mom goes back to work. Household chores can get out of hand and kids may even start to do poorly in school. Each household is different, but there are things you can do to ensure things go smoothly. Here are some family survival tips for when mom goes back to work.
Create Stations in Your Home
To make things easier for everyone, it helps to have stations set up in your home. You can create a lunch station for the kids that helps them pack their own lunches. For example, in the fridge, you would have bins that each say, “Pick One” or “Pick Two” based on the food category. The same goes for your pantry. This makes it super easy for kids to pack a healthy lunch for themselves.
Another great station to setup is a backpack station. This can be a place for the kids to put everything they need for school. You can go through their things each evening to make sure they have everything they need. You can also add a hanging mail sorter for kids to put important papers you need to look over. A calendar is another great addition for keeping up with important school activities.
Do Daily Cleaning
Instead of falling behind on the cleaning by waiting until the weekend, get in the habit of doing chores each day. For example, wash a load of laundry each day so that you never have too much to wash. You also want to start the dishwasher each evening before bed and then empty it each morning. If the kids are old enough, get them involved in daily cleaning habits.
Make Freezer Meals
The last thing you want to do when you get home from work is make a large meal for the family. However you don’t want your family to live on takeout or delivery pizza. One way to avoid this is to make freezer meals on the weekend. It will take a bit of time, but it means not having to cook during the week.
This is something that many moms have trouble with, I know I do, but you don’t have to do it all yourself. Don’t be afraid to delegate some of the work to your husband or kids. It won’t hurt for your husband to stop at the store on the way home from work or for the kids to sweep the floor. When everyone is helping out, everything will go more smoothly.
Final Thoughts on Mom Going Back to Work
Your household doesn’t have to fall apart just because you’re going back to work. There are things you can do to ensure that things go smoothly. Whether you create stations so that kids can be more organized or delegate some of the work, these survival tips for when mom goes back to work will help.