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1 thought on “Time Management for Working Parents”
The best tip I ever learned was to be up and dressed before starting the day with our children. Here’s the article I wrote about it in my second book “They look so lovely when they’re asleep.
Power-dressing for mothers
I’VE ALWAYS WONDERED HOW teachers manage. When they ask my child to sit on the mat, it never occurs to her to climb onto the kitchen bench. When they ask her to tidy up the block corner, she not only puts all the blocks away in their correct places according to size and shape, she even races to get it done quickly and then asks if there is anything else she can help with. And this from a child who, at home, can scarcely raise the motivation to put two books on her shelf without her mother resorting to dire threats.
I have finally discovered the teacher’s secret. She gets dressed before she goes to work! By the time she greets my child, she is fully clothed, has combed her hair, cleaned her teeth, and has her eyes wide open. No wonder they take notice of her.
Contrast this scene. I stagger out of bed in a nightie named ‘Old Faithful’. Pretending great joy at the blessings another day may have to offer, I shamble into the children’s room saying ‘Wake up, darling, time to get dressed’, and, under an illusion completely unaffected by years of experience to the contrary, imagine that my children understand this to mean ‘Get out of bed, get dressed, pack your bag and appear cheerfully for breakfast’.
When I return ten minutes later, clad in a damp towel and a few soap-flakes, no one has moved. Clearly shouting is the answer, so I do, causing the recipient to bury deep into the protective covers.
Mustering as much dignity as semi-nakedness allows, I noisily throw all the bedclothes on the floor. I must have done this many times, because my children are so skilled that they can get under the bedclothes before they (the blankets) hit the ground. The day goes steadily downhill from here.
There is a solution. It is called Power Dressing.
Get up a quarter of an hour before them. Be showered, dressed and ready. Then you can control your day – and the start of theirs. You can set the tone, be the example, be in charge.
Every time I begin my day this way, it works. It’s just that steeling myself to do it is so hard. I think I can manage to try again next Thursday.