Read Related: How a Working Mother Organizes Household Chores3. ROUTINE MACHINE Routines are beneficial to both parent and child. For mami, it means staying organized. And it’s a stabilizing and comforting force for your children. As What to Expect explains, “If your toddler is accustomed to doing things a certain way, she’s less likely to resist transitions.” Buy a colorful calendar so that the family can keep apprised of art classes and soccer lessons, and keep dinner, bathtime, and bedtime routines consistent. Once she realizes that there isn’t any wiggle room, your child will be much more likely to stick to the schedule. “Recently, I instituted a much more strict bedtime routine,” says Liz, mother to two. “It’s amazing how much more smoothly things have been going.”
2. MOTHER’S (LITTLE) HELPERS It’s a win-win scenario: every mother needs a pair of helping hands, however tiny they may be. And kids love to feel helpful, as well as included in whatever the grown-ups are doing. Moreover, assigning your children age-appropriate tasks—putting Matchbox cars and Barbie dolls back into the toy bins, bringing their cereal bowls to the kitchen after breakfast, or working alongside you in the kitchen as you prepare dinner—teaches them personal responsibility as well as the importance of a household that runs smoothly and happily.