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Those of us who are married have the advantage of another adult in the household who can help us get it all done.
Sharing the workload with your spouse takes practice and patience and lots of discussion.
Here are a few things my husband and I have learned in our 17 years of marriage about taking turns with parenting responsibilities.
1.Take a few moments at the end of each week to sit down and discuss the up coming week. Have the calender in hand, mark down hours for out of home work, note kids activities and appointments for the family.
2. Look at what blocks of time are left, and figure out how to divide them best between the two of you. For instance since I am the early bird, I usually get the mornings, my night owl husband usually takes the free evenings.
3. Decide who is cooking meals during open window times, and what they want to make and list it on the menu.
4. Set guidelines about what is expected to get done when one is in charge. For example, in our home the one taking charge of the homeschooling mornings makes sure all books are marked.
5. Be Flexible.Your spouse is not you and therefore is going to handle things differently than you. It matters more that the job got done than how it got done.
6. Leave at least one window a week open to connect with each other. This helps you to stay on the same page.
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Introduction: 31 Days Of Time Saving Tips For The Work-At-Home Mom
Day One: Perform a Time Audit
Day Two: Night Owl Or Morning Bird?
Day Three: Where are Your Largest Windows?
Day Four: Making the Most of Small Windows
Day Five: Daily To Do Lists
Day Six: Maximizing The To Do List
Day Seven: Say No
Day Eight: Eliminate Poor Yes Choices
Day Nine: Put Your Time Offenders On a Budget
Day Ten: Combine Joy
Day Eleven: Making Effective Use of Waiting Time
Day Twelve: Making Use of Travel Time
Day Thirteen: Making The Most of Mom Taxi in Waiting Time
Day Fourteen: Take Time to Rest a Few Moments Each Day
Day Fifteen: Tag-Team (you are here)
Day Sixteen: Involve the Kids
Day Seventeen: Mechanical Slaves
Day Eighteen: Outside Help
Day Nineteen: Timer Magic
Day Twenty: Take a Rest Day
Day Twenty One: Less Stuff, Less Mess, More Time
Day Twenty Two: Hold A Family Work Bee
Day Twenty Three: Keep Gatherings Simple
Day Twenty Four: Saving Time in The Kitchen
Day Twenty Five: The Self Cleaning Home
Day Twenty Six: Streamlining Your Homeschooling day
Day Twenty Seven: Create an I Did It List
Day Twenty Eight: Create a Simple Cleaning Routine
Day Twenty Nine: Create To Go Bags
Day Thirty: Making Minimum Standards
Day Thirty One: Treat Life Like a Marathon Not a Sprint
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