This is a sponsored article from Smart Au Pairs.
Being part of a working family pften means a healthy blend between work and home.
With more and more families facing financial difficulties and the changing role of women in the workplace, both parents are heading out into the working world and spending less time in traditional roles.
While expectations in the workplace might be changing, those at home are not and many families find themselves struggling to find the balance between career and family time.
It’s no easier for the increasing number of self-employed parents whose office is the home. The boundary between home and work is often blurred, so that it becomes difficult to switch off from work altogether.
The easiest way to make sure time spent at home is quality time, is to set up a good organisational structure.
This will help to make sure those pesky but necessary chores and household tasks are taken care of in the home, leaving you more time to spend doing the things you love with the ones you love most.
A good organisation system takes time to set up and get used to, and sometimes, a bit of trial and error is necessary before you find the perfect fit for your lifestyle.
Here are 3 helpful hints from Smart Au Pairs to help get you started on the road to staying organised and starting your journey towards a happy and balanced home life.
The most important part of setting up an organisational system at home, is having realistic expectations of your family.
You can’t expect your two-year old to suddenly know when to tidy up her room or how to pack away her toys according to colour coded boxes.
Breaking tasks such as these into smaller chunks and giving everyone roles that they can manage easily will not only help you stay on top of things, it will help your children learn important lessons about responsibility and team work too.
Think about what tasks are important and what you can delegate and let that be your starting point.
Once you’ve established what your priorities are, stick to these core goals and try not to sweat the small stuff too much.
Get Everyone Involved
Once you know what needs to be done, it’s time to sit everyone down and get them on the same page.
Perhaps you can start by getting them to discuss what needs to be done around the house and how they think they can help the family to stay on top of all the jobs that need to be done.
Be sure to include things like getting ready for school in the morning and making sure bags are packed and dishes are packed away.
Letting everyone know how much needs to be done can be helpful in getting everyone to realise that it’s too big a job for just one person in the family.
Explain that although Mum and Dad are responsible for the majority of the tasks like paying bills and cooking and cleaning, there are ways everyone can help out to make things run more smoothly.
Discuss how you can divide the jobs among the family and what tasks each person wants to put on their list.
By giving everyone a choice, you allow them to develop a sense of responsibility and take ownership of their tasks.
Of course there will be chores nobody wants to do so perhaps discuss ways that you can rotate these tasks to make sure the workload is divided fairly.
If you have an au pair, enlist their help to make sure the children stay on top of their tasks and find ways to make their schedule more manageable.
Patience, patience, patience
When you’re getting the family involved in setting up a routine and structure, it’s important to remember that it’s ok not to get it right straight away.
Especially in families where there are young children, it can take time for everyone to adjust to the new routine.
Be patient and show understanding when dealing with setbacks. This will teach everybody that it’s OK to make mistakes, but that it’s important to work together to get the job done.
Remember that even with older children, school projects, upcoming tests and the pressures of high school can affect how well they are able to stay on top of things at home.
Make sure you keep the channels of communication open to discuss other responsibilities, as stress or feeling overwhelmed can lead to under-achievement at school and this is counter-productive.