“Today I don’t feel like doing anything. Nothing at all. I just want to lay in my bed.” While this is the reality for many people, it is not so for moms across the world- single or married. Wait a second though, who says that moms can not convert aspects of this into their own reality? FYI, this working single mother of a two-year old energetic son is currently enjoying aspects of this reality. How do I do it? Well first of all, the number one formula is to work smarter not harder. Here is how I do it.
The number one mistake that most moms make is to leave every household chore on their to-do- list for the weekend. Now its time to change that. During the week I put my baby to bed each night by 8, after which I do one major household chore whether it be laundry or ironing, you name it. Then I make sure that I am in bed by 10 or 11 the latest so that I can get adequate rest for the next work day. Yes sir, this queen B needs her beauty rest. Additionally, if I have a task on the road I choose one evening after work to do it before I pick up my son at daycare. Simply put, I do not run errands on weekends, unless it is an emergency. Now, where was I? Lets get back to my weekend.
I always check to make sure that my alarm is off for the weekend once I get home Friday evening. Second on my list is to prepare a very light dinner if I did not buy anything on the road. Friday evenings for me mean spending quality time with my son. Our Friday evening activities range from listening to his nursery rhymes CD’s or read one of his story books. Occasionally, I also let my baby colour pictures in his colouring book or paint, both of which he totally enjoys. Then its cuddle time. I normally cuddle up with my baby and watch a pre -recorded favourite kid movie of his, for example, ‘Cars’. By the end of the movie its normally 10 pm. My main reason for keeping my son up late most Friday night is to get him to sleep late Saturday morning – oh and mommy dearest gets to sleep late as well. Happy weekend so far isn’t it?
My baby and I normally wake up around 8 am Saturday morning. This is not the case every Saturday as he might get up a bit earlier. As soon as my baby is awake, I make him breakfast. While he is eating breakfast, I start dinner. Yes, dinner in the morning.
While dinner is being cooked, which happens to be soup most Saturdays, I take my baby outside for him to explore and interact with nature. The nature walk normally goes in accordance with the time it takes for dinner to be cooked.
After dinner and nature walk then it’s shower time. This normally takes about half and hour. Shower time is where my baby gets some amount of independence as he tries to convince mommy that he can bathe himself. I often use this as an opportunity to revise the body parts with him by telling him where to wash. After shower time, mommy and baby then relax in front the television or the bedroom to either watch a favourite cartoon of his for example, Paw Patrol, Bubble Guppies, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi and Peppa Pig.
Occasionally, while we are watching cartoon, I use the time to also potty train. Raise your hand if you potty train in your living room. *raise hand* During this period of relaxation for mommy, my baby eats a light snack and so does mommy. These activities might take us up to midday when it’s time for lunch and guess what my baby eats for lunch……dinner. Yep, the soup that I made in the morning. Can u guess what’s coming next? Yes, you have guessed correctly. Sleep time of course! This might range from two to three hours.
As soon as my baby is awake, I greet him with a bottle of formula or cereal. I then make my self comfortable and watch a movie as my baby is given time to free play, in the same room as me, with his toys or he might choose to cuddle with me with his book for a story.
The rest of the day of the day comprises of dinner time and more free play for my toddler. I might choose to watch another movie or my baby might watch educational lessons. Before I put my son to bed around 9pm, I play educational games with him. These games are geared towards recapping lessons that my two year old did in school that week for example, how to string beads, animal sounds or his numbers.
Sunday morning is pretty much a reflection of how I spend my Saturday. However, on a Sunday I cook dinner for two days instead of one. I also package
my son’s non- perishable snacks and juice for daycare for the week. Also, instead of watching cartoon or movies in the morning, I use majority of the time to introduce topics that my son will be taught that week at school. I would normally ask his teachers about the topics for the following week each Friday afternoon when I pick him up from daycare.
While I mostly use my weekends to relax, I also ensure that my son enjoys his weekend by going out. Therefore, his dad might take him to get ice-cream, visit the park or go to a game and rides arcade. This is superbly perfect for yourstruly as I get to indulge in additional relaxation time. I often use this time to catch up on my sleep or have a long soak in the tub.
OBJECTIVES MET… a well spent weekend. Before you know it, it’s Monday and mom feels totally rejuvenated for the work and school week.