1. 10 Time-Saving Strategies From Parents Of Many, Many Kids | Fast Company

    10 Time-Saving Strategies From Parents Of Many, Many Kids | Fast Company

    One child can introduce chaos into your daily schedule. So it seems like large families would never make it anywhere on time. Yet talk to parents of big broods and you find that their households often function quite well. Their secret? These 10 time management tips that help them do more and stay calm. Meagan Francis, mother of five and host of The Mom Hour podcast, says, "One thing I’ve always done is group like tasks together.

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    1. Meagan Francis, mother of five and host of The Mom Hour podcast, says.
    2. For many years we had a universal bedtime of 7:30 p.m. for all the kids.
    3. You have to have some unbreakable rules. For example, no sleepovers in the middle of the week, or all play dates end by 6:00 p.m., or you can only do an extracurricular on Tuesdays.
    4. Keep low-cost supplies you know you'll need on hand.
    5. When you find a good affordable birthday present in your kids' age group, buy several of them so you have them on hand for last-minute gifts, and so you don't have to go to the store every time there is a birthday party.
    6. Our kids learn early that it's normal to ride the city bus, and normal to bike to soccer practice, and normal to walk a half-mile to the library without complaining even if it's cold.
    7. My house is only all clean at the same time for 10 minutes after the cleaning lady finishes. The rest of the time, something is always messy. And there is always more laundry to do. I'm okay with that.
    8. Ideally, I'd stand next to my 3-year-old while she colors and all the caps would be put back on her markers. But when you have lots of kids—when I'm jumping up to deal with the 1-year-old or helping the 10-year-old with homework—that doesn't always happen.
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