Clean Start Challenge: Carolyn's on the Road to being a Multitasking Queen
A huge part of a mom’s job is multitasking… In fact, in the job description for “mom” it says, “must be able to multitask”.
My buddy Carolyn has quickly discovered that getting things done with one child can be complicated enough, but add two children in the mix and it can be a recipe for disaster. Fortunately though, Carolyn has come up with a way to multitask and involve her oldest daughter in the process. I invite you to watch Carolyn’s mini challenge video for the 2010 SCJ Clean Start Challenge.
It’s never easy to take on a task or even to add additional tasks to an already full plate. I know this. I work from home, try to keep up on the housework (notice I said TRY), take care of the kids, feed everyone and play chauffer to the various activities and still try to get a day’s work in.
A mom wears many hats in day. MANY HATS.
Carolyn did a great job showing us how she involves her daughter in the daily chores and manages to spend time with her at the same time. You might be surprised to know that kids don’t care what you do together, just so long as you are doing it… together. Even the household chores can be fun for a child to get involved in. When you consider that you’re spending time together, getting things done around the house, and you’re teaching them how to be responsible, you’re doing far more than multitasking - you’re teaching, sharing, and making memories.
Maximize the Opportunity to Multitask
One of my recent emails from Carolyn expressed that even though things are going well and she’s learning how to spend time with both girls, there still seems to be some jealousy from her oldest daughter.
Totally Normal and easily fixable too! The baby is starting to laugh and babble and that makes interacting with her much more enjoyable for mom and dad but big sister isn’t quite sure what to do with that. I’ve encouraged Carolyn to take advantage of her daughter’s social skills and let her entertain and play with the baby.
I remember Bug loved to play Peek-A-Boo with Bebe when she got to this stage, he’d also sing to her, make funny faces, and do silly things (like pretend to knock himself out and fall over) all just to get a giggle out of his sister. Having him interact with her in this way permitted me to get more things done (HEY LOOK! MORE MULTITASKING!) And it gave him a way to interact with her one on one. Through their interactions, he learned how to “play” with someone who wasn’t quite old enough to play yet and he found that he was really the best help mom could have.
I shared this idea with Carolyn and I hope that it helps her keep her daughter from feeling jealous as well as useful. I also hope it gives Carolyn an extra 15 minutes in her day to change over the laundry and make lunch if she needs to! Now that’s a multitasking win!
Every mom can take something away from this challenge no matter what stage we’re at in our parenting. I know that when I watched Carolyn’s clean start mini challenge, I was reminded how easy it can be to get things done and get the kids involved.
Head over to Mylifetime.com and watch Carolyn’s Clean Start Mini Challenge videos and see how far she’s come in the SCJ Clean Start Challenge Program. Don’t forget that voting gives you a chance at $1,000.
My challenge for you? Watch the videos while folding the laundry!
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