Time and again I am enquired about my routine and how I manage to do so much with my kids and work.
Here is a gist of how I, despite being my lazy self manage to somehow do it all , or at least make it appear so 😜.
I am a working mother of toddler twins and this is how things go at my place. Point to keep in mind is that I have domestic help to let things be in control.
- No bathing the kids in the morning . I think this contributes to the major reason why I have not much issues to complete my tasks in the morning . I just don’t bathe my kids early in the day. Morning routine includes changing diapers , a quick milk feed , washing their face , brush their teeth and change of clothes.
- After this they are dropped at their dadi ‘s place where they have their breakfast and lunch . I make sure that all the supplies the kids need are refilled and rechecked every week , so that no inconvenience is experienced once I am away.
- Till they learn to eat without spillage, only semisolid Porridges and rice based dishes are made for them in breakfast and lunch . Most food experiments are done in the evening when I am there with them to manage the mess.
- After I return from work , I have a quick cup of tea and lounge in the drawing room with the kids on a mat on the floor . This ensures my kids can play uninterrupted without me having to run around them .
- For their play , I ensure some entertaining music on an audio player / radio (No video) in the background and a dedicated space adjacent to living room for their playzone.
- Indoor Play area includes a lot of interesting things like slide , swing , basket ball ring , a see-saw , a rocking horse , a ball pool , a storage bin for random toys and a drawer full of board books and new reads . They also have toddler sized chairs for their comfort so that they can seat themselves without my help.
- The play area is lined with cushioned mats .A detailed post on Indoor play area will be up on the blog soon , keep following us on Facebook and Instagram to know more.
- In the evening , I hand them a bowl full of no-cook snacks which are usually seasonal fruits like berries , cherries , melon, pear etc. cubed and pitted . Also cucumbers , apples , dried berries , Nachni chips , cheese slices and boiled eggs make for healthy , no- fuss easy snacks .
- Later in the evening they are given bath and a thorough brushing of teeth is done.
- Following this they take their dinner alongside us besides the dining table on their high chairs . This is mostly roti and dal or paranthi .
- After the dinner , we lounge together in our bedroom where kids jump around and play with their daddy and I . After they are exhausted they get another milk feed and are put to sleep .
- The sleeping time varies upon the amount of physical activity through the day and also their waking up time.
- We manage to go to the park a few days in the week , depending on my energy levels .
- Most of my cooking adventures are done in evening or late night or weekends .
- I depend on domestic help for most of household chores .
- When the help is unavailable , I do thorough cleaning of my house and kitchen once in 15 days , and not daily.
- My husband takes care of most of his chores on his own and that is a big help.
- I believe in unstructured play for kids and no formal education until they hit 3.5 years , hence my kids play on their own without being instructed or directed .
- They have a lot of books handy around the house which makes them consider books as a form of play.
- I read to them in an animated manner hence they look forward to reading and in fact demand for it as well.
- I have kitchen restraint door to avoid accidents in kitchen while kids are around . This also gives me unobstructed view of them while they are playing without getting them inside kitchen .