When you’re a mother, there are certain things that you need to consider and other things that you need to do differently. While this can all sound quite cryptic, it makes sense when you’re in the situation. For example, instead of going out with makeup wipes in your bag, you’d go out with baby wipes for all events and occasions. You may even double up the baby wipes as makeup wipes – they do practically the same thing, right? Other stuff needs thinking about a bit more; which car you need to get which has room for the buggy rather than the internal spec that you may have been more invested in pre-children. Kids change you a lot – but there are some things which may not have been thought about just yet.
Naturally, if you’re adding more and more people into a home, the bills are going to rise. It’s not just your needs that you need to think about; if you are warm in a room but have three layers on and your child is sat with one layer on and complaining that they’re cold, ignoring them in favour of how you are feeling is not the way to go about things. Likewise switching on the heating when you’re cool but they’re burning up is probably not the thing to do, either. You have to make choices based on the greater good for everybody, but there are some changes around the home that you can make to help. You could, for example, look at getting residential window tinting to keep a constant temperature (i.e. keeping out the sun’s rays to an extent but also keeping in the warm air during cooler periods), ensuring that you’re all wearing the same types of clothes at all times to keep you on their level and even opening the windows on a daily basis to get them a bit more used to cooler air. Children sleep better in a cooler bedroom, so it may be worth keeping this in mind the next time you reach for the thermostat just before you’re heading to bed.
Tidying your child’s bedroom is like clearing up after a party you were never invited to. It’s laborious, tedious and seemingly never-ending – and so disheartening when they go and trash it all over again. Putting in a tidy-away corner for them or investing in storage furniture is definitely the way to go with this. Rather than thinking about how nice everything look in the room and getting it to go, it’s more a case of practicality over aesthetics at this point. Choose wisely and make sure that it’s accessible and user-friendly for the little people in your life.
Keeping snacks on hand throughout the day, pre-prepared, is one of the best things that you can do as a parent. It means a quick solution for the child as well as less hassle for you. A good example of this is to keep a pot of hummus readily available and have crudites prepared such as cucumber and carrot sticks ready to dip in. A perfect healthy snack.