Monday 19 November 2018

Adulting is Hard: Silly Mistakes We All Make (And How to Avoid Them!)

As a busy mum you have so much on your plate, it’s no wonder that things can sometimes go wrong. There are silly mistakes most of us make as adults and although they’re not life or death, they can cause issues at the time! Here are three examples, and how to avoid them.

* Collaborative post

Sleeping through our alarm

You wake up, and instantly you know something isn’t right. You check the time and it’s immediate panic, you’ve slept through your alarm (or it hasn’t gone off) and you’re running late for work, your children's schools or an important appointment. Most mornings you might throw a mini tantrum having to get out of bed, and find yourself feeling tired for ages. But on these mornings, you can bet that you’re awake right away and out of that bed like a shot! And of course, these will always be the mornings that your kids decide to sleep in themselves, instead of being up at the crack of dawn as usual. It can happen to the best of us every now and again, but if this is occurring on a regular basis then something clearly needs to change. Start getting yourself organised the night before, lay out your clothes, pack your lunch and your bag and set your alarm (as well as a backup alarm). Rejig your schedule so that you’re getting to bed earlier, more sleep will make getting up in the morning so much easier. It can help to plan a nice breakfast too, something healthy that you’ll enjoy. While your boss is sure to forgive a missed alarm once in a blue moon, if it becomes a regular thing then your job could be at risk.

Locking ourselves out of the house
Locking yourself out can be really stressful. You get home after a long day and just want to put the kettle on and flop onto the sofa, and instead you’re stood outside in the cold wondering what you’re going to do. If you rent your property, it could be worth calling the landlord or letting agent and seeing if they can let you in. If you own it, then you’ll need to call a company like SJO Locksmith to get you back inside. If this has happened once, it’s worth being prepared to ensure it doesn't happen again. Do you have a trusted neighbour or a loved one nearby that you could give a spare key to? Could you invest in a key safe and put this in a discrete location? These will lock your spare key up and be accessed with a pin code. Don’t put your spare key inside the letterbox on a string, in gas meters, in fake rocks or under doormats. Thieves will know these locations and can break right in. If you find that you’ve locked yourself out on more than one occasion, it could be worth changing your door locks. Instead of a door that locks when you pull it shut, change it for one that has to be locked on the outside with a key.

Running out of food

Keeping everyone fed is your priority as a mum, but keeping on top of the groceries is a massive task. Do you find yourself going to prepare meals in the evening and find that you’re forever out of ingredients, don’t have the right things in or just don't know what to make? Planning your meals and groceries is the way to get around this. Every Sunday, create a meal plan (get a chalkboard and hang it on your kitchen wall) and then shop based on what you need. If you’re ever cooking big, one pot meals, make some extra portions and freeze them. That way you always have backups and don’t have to resort to unhealthy and expensive takeaways if you do run out on occasion.


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