If your to-do lists always seem to be multiplying on their one, you’re not alone, as every parent of twins will confirm: they bring double the love, but also double the chores. There’s a perpetual check-list going on in your mind, to make sure that both of them are nourished, happy, have everything they need for school, soccer practice, as well as the music lessons. Have we mentioned taekwondo and a private math tutor? Because not every kid has the same interests, and it’s often not as simple as sending both little Tom and vivacious Emma to the same drawing class.
Here are a few tried and tested tips for parents of twins to master the art of daily scheduling. Your little ones may keep your own day fully booked, but you might as well make sure that all the rains are in your hands!
Get it all on paper – a big one
Technically, you’re not dealing with only two schedules. You also need to take your own needs and responsibilities into account, which means that a massive calendar for your kids may be a great way to have a clear overview of all the daily and weekly chores. The beauty of it is, you can include your kids in the planning process and use color-coding to keep it simple and easy to track – plus it’ll be fun!
Set one day of the week aside to go over your chores for the week ahead. It can be a weekend day to make things simpler, and to have time to prepare for the school chores, all their extracurriculars, and the meal-prepping.
Have their bags packed
One of the simplest, yet most effective ways to organize your kids’ schedule is to have everything ready for those regular appointments and repetitive activities. If you know and can anticipate their sports activities twice a week, it’s best to keep a fresh bag ready as early as Sunday. Pack their fresh clothes, their insulated drink bottles, and a healthy snack for afterwards, something that’s not perishable.
Teach your youngsters to pack their pre-school bags a day in advance, so as to save some time in the morning for breakfast and other chores. These simple preemptive steps can save you precious hours over the week!
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Don’t overburden their schedule
We all know how curious our little ones can get. If they’re not looking into yet another art class to start, then they’re wondering if they can possibly join a dance group somehow. It’s one thing to promote and encourage curiosity, but you also need to make sure that their schedules aren’t too crammed with activities. Let their interests naturally develop depending on their age and help them figure out what they prefer.
That way, you can cut out the lessons and activities they don’t really need or enjoy, and that will give you more time to maneuver around their existing activities. Your little twins also need to understand that there are other limitations, such as the home budget, for all those chores.
Use all the help you can get from digital
That paper schedule mounted on the wall of your kitchen can only get you so far. Unfortunately, most of us will have unexpected appointments to cover, an unplanned trip to the dentist’s office, or an unforeseen fever to heal. That is why you should also coordinate your written-down schedule with your digital one. Luckily, there are many digital apps that are free of charge and that can be used on your computer as well as your phone.
This is a very simple way to have your schedule available at all times, especially when you need to make impromptu changes and even notify your spouse. Digital tools can truly be lifesavers for such occasions, so keep an app handy at all times!
Mix and match your chores
When you have two kids to take care of, or even more than those two rascals, you need all the help that you can get. Whether you talk to family members to pitch in for babysitting, or talk to a friend who also has kids on how you can combine chores and make them easier on you, it’s entirely up to you.
You can even talk to trusty parents of the kids in your twins’ pre-school, to figure out a carpooling schedule for school days. The same applies to those extracurricular activities. Remember, sharing is caring in the world of parenting, so don’t be shy to coordinate with other parents as well as your close friends.
Getting everything done in a day for yourself and the twins doesn’t have to turn into an organizational nightmare. On the contrary, with the right approach, you can make the most of your time and help your kids enjoy all of their activities, all of that stress-free.
About the author
Claire is a personal and professional development expert who believes that a positive attitude is one of the keys to success. You can find her online writing and giving tips about lifestyle and development as a regular contributor at highstylife.com. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.