So recently I mentioned to someone that my 7 year old has chores. To my surprise they called me strict and crazy?! I feel chores are very essential for my daughter to learn responsibility. My daughters chores consist of cleaning her room, helping pick up after her 2 baby sisters, dusting and wiping down the sink in the bathroom. My daughter is short for her age so we have not learned dishes just yet. The way I see it, if I do everything for my daughter now; when she becomes a pre-teen/teenager, it will be much harder to get her to do things.
We have to teach responsibility to our kids at a young age. Build good habits from the start. I grew up in a traditional Puerto Rican family. When Saturday came around, music was blasted and everyone was to get up to clean. My chores consisted of cleaning my room, dusting, vacuuming and putting groceries away. Sometimes I hated it as a teenager but then it just became routine. Now that I am a mother myself, I get it. It’s tough cleaning up after myself, let alone 3 additional little ones. So assigning chores just helps me out so much. When my 2 younger girls get older, they will have their chores as well. The more we work together, the better it will be.
One thing that helps my daughter is a chore chart. I list her chores and my chores so she does not feel left out. I’ve included the link in this post today!
Being a working mother leaves little to no time for anything we have to do outside of being mom and working. I find myself daily trying to strategically plan my time leaving work just so I can pick up everything I may need for the house. Many of my struggles include:
- Buying Diapers and Wipes: Usually I try to run to the store before picking up my 2 little ones from the sitter. Lately I have completely relied on Amazon and their convenience of subscribing for items to automatically deliver to my door step on a monthly basis. Doing this has been a complete life saver
- Buying Bulk Garbage Bags: I have 2 girls under the age of 2! So my home produces a lot of garbage. Let’s be real, we have so much on our plates, these little things are just hard to keep track of, so this is something I also have automatically delivered. The great thing about Amazon subscriptions is that you can time it to be every 2, 3, 4 months!
- Walk through your house and make a list! I have a Galaxy Note for this reason. I have found myself having to constantly make a list just to ensure that I do not forget anything. I then take my list and cross reference with my mobile rebate apps. The apps I use mostly are Ibotta and Checkout 51. Think of it as cash for a rainy day. Ibotta
- Last but not least, Online shopping has been my go to. Have you ever tried going to the mall with 2 under the age of 2? It’s super difficult, let me tell ya! So I do a lot of my shopping online way ahead of time so I can make sure it gets to me on time. I also shop through ebates when applicable just to easily get some cash back while I am at it. I also have Amazon Prime; what a life saver. I get everything within 2 days and you can get Amazon deliveries on Sundays!!!!!
I know many of my readers are possibly single mothers raising their children alone thinking co-parenting is not a possibility; Put aside the pride because it is.
I have a good friend of mine who is a co-parenting success story. Although he and the mother of his son have split up and moved on, they still continue to do things together as a family with their son. They hang out together, go to functions together and even celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day together. It is a beautiful and healthy thing for that little boy to have 2 understanding parents.
Yes I know there are many instances where co-parenting is not possible because I am living it. My oldest daughter has a different father and I have tried every way possible: Notebooks, text messages, mediators and the list goes on. It is almost 8 years later and I have given up.
Co-parenting takes 2 understanding and mature adults in order for it to be a successful relationship. So many people are so bitter about the break up for years to come or their pride just simply will not allow them to do the right thing. Many just make too many assumptions about how the other parent would feel if they wanted a successful co-parenting relationship and just give up before trying.
Any time a single mother ask for my advise before going to Family Court, I always say the same thing.
- Be reasonable! You did not make the child alone and it is important for the child to see both parents consistently. It is essential to their development as a person believe or not.
- Leave what happened in the past…..IN THE PAST!
- Be willing to compromise because you may not like what the judge will end up deciding.
- Keep in mind your child is rooting for both of you because at the end of the day, your child loves both of his/her parents.
I know their are many out there they may not agree with me and that is perfectly ok. But if you came from a broken home, try to think back to when you were in your child’s position. Try to do what is right instead of doing things out of spite cause those spiteful things may come back to bite you.
I have abandoned my blog for far too long. I have been so busy with working a full time job and being a mother to 3 gorgeous little girls.
I had recently decided to take the plunge and finally apply to law school. This has been my life long dream (career-wise) to attend law school and become a lawyer. To my surprise I was accepted to a school in Florida. I was in disbelief when I seen the acceptance email. Florida has always been my final destination for the rest of my life. This where I’ve always dreamed of owning my own home and giving my daughters a quality of life I never had. Since a working mami’s job is never done, I have decided to not work while I attend law school to fully focus on my classes and give 110%. Some people have already started to give their unwanted opinions about my decision, but I have learned to ignore and move on. While I attend school full-time, I will find other ways to make extra cash. Something you will learn about me while reading my blog is that I can never sit still.
So ladies it is never too late to educate yourself. You will never miss your prime or you will never be too old to educate yourself by any means.
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