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How to Juggle The Parent Life

Parenting is no easy task, but it’s an incredibly rewarding one. The best thing about parenting is watching your child grow up into a wonderful person. However, juggling everything can be challenging at times; especially when you have other responsibilities like work and social commitments to consider. 

We sat down with Gaye Christiansen to gather some insight and tips to share with you on how to juggle it all as a parent. Keep reading to find out what they are!

Parents, Don’t Be Hard on Yourself!

First off, as a parent, it’s important to make sure you’re not being hard on yourself. If you happen to be five minutes late to one of your children’s games — it’s okay, you’re human!

As Gaye explains:

“Sometimes I would try just running everywhere by the end of my day and then all of sudden it hit me”.

Talk about pure exhaustion. 

Many parents are tied up between work, school, and trying to please other people, and don’t take care of themselves. The first step to juggling parent life is to take time for yourself and be proud of your accomplishments. It’s simple advice, but it’s not emphasized enough!

Get Involved With Your Kids

The second tip for juggling the parent life is to get your kids involved in what they like to do. Gaye mentions that she would sign her kids up for everything to figure out what they like and don’t like. It’s important for your kids to have something they love to do; plus, you can take some time for yourself while they’re busy (unless you’re watching them in the front row!). 

In accordance with juggling the clock each day, we also dove into the topic of what many parents struggle with; sibling conflict.

Dealing With Sibling Conflict

So, how exactly do you deal with sibling conflict? 

Gaye Christiansen knows about this all too well. She weighed in about her experience raising five boys and describes that:

“Life is like a classroom, and it’s good for siblings to sort out their own conflicts sometimes. If your child comes up to you complaining about their sibling, ask the question: do you REALLY want mom to get involved? Because once the parents get involved, all the fun stops….or so we say!”

It’s important for our children to learn how to resolve conflict on their own, rather than having Mom or Dad step in all the time. They’ll know how to have critical conversations when progressing through life, and as a parent, you will find yourself micromanaging less. It takes patience, but it’s worth it in the end!

Parenting is a total balancing act. The more children you have, the harder it can be to keep up with all their needs and desires – which means that even if you’re not working outside of the home, staying on top of things can feel like a full-time job! But as difficult as parenting may seem, it’s also incredibly rewarding.

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