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Time vs. Safety: How to Manage a Busy Mommy Schedule

Being a mom is a full-time job no matter what else you have on your plate. But when you take into account your actual job, errands, carpools, friends, family, and finances, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. You may have your calendar routine down cold, but are you compromising on your children’s safety? Here are some tips on keeping the kids healthy and happy even when there aren’t enough hours in the day.

Limit Burn-out

Kids can get overloaded just as easily as adults – probably even more so. Your son or daughter might be interested in a variety of sports and activities. But limiting their extra-curricular activities to one or two per school year will save the whole family stress and hassle. They will get better grades, have more time for friends, and learn what’s most important to them.

Don’t Skimp on Nutrition

It’s easy to start relying on the drive-thru for too many of your children’s meals. You may think your children are healthy as long as they are active and not obese, but there are plenty of diseases and risks that come along with poor nutrition, especially with our modern American diet. Make time to get them their fruits and vegetables, even if you have to compromise on other parts of your schedule.

Practice Safe Driving

When your kids were babies, you probably obsessed over making sure they were buckled in and nobody drove higher than the speed limit. Now that you’re rushing around to school and work, you may have forgotten these concerns. Think twice about driving too fast with your kids in the car, even if you are running late to something important. Professionals, like those at Speers Reuland & Cibulskis, P.C., realize that care accidents are a leading cause of injuries throughout the country. Car accidents can happen more suddenly than you might realize.

Know Your Friends

Most busy moms have a community of sitters, friends, and fellow parents to call on for help. But it’s never too early to be diligent about knowing who is around your children and where they are at all times. When they’re staying at a friend’s house, make sure you are comfortable with their parents. If you’re hiring a babysitter you don’t know, get their references.

Watching out for your kids as they juggle their own busy schedule seems like common sense, but moms can often overlook the little things when they’re trying to keep afloat. Most of all, remember to take time for yourself whenever possible. If you’re worried about your own safety and well-being, you’ll be better equipped to be the guardian of theirs.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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