I started my author journey in 2012. Many people didn’t understand why I wanted to write or how I could enjoy it. Writing can be a very solitary pursuit. One that could take you away from more, dare I say it, mundane tasks.
So, naturally if writing takes me away from every day mundane tasks, one would assume that it could quite easily take me away from my children. Not so. And, it doesn’t have to. It took me quite a few years, early on in my writing journey, before I even got published – when my kids were babies – to find the balance. However, I can successfully say, with the utmost confidence, that I have found a way to both write and be present in my kids lives. Now if only I could find a way to both write and keep on top of all those mundane household tasks that often fall to the way side while I be mum to my kids, I think I’d be set.
Now my kids are twelve, ten, nine and seven and parenting is a bit more challenging now than when they were babies, but I found some things that work for me, and keep me from feeling too overwhelmed.
Here’s five tips I employ in order to write around household chores and FOUR children.
- You have to make time for yourself and your writing. Write when the kids are in bed at night. Or get up early and write while every else is still asleep.
- Write everyday. I cannot stress this enough. Even if it’s only 10 words. Write!
- Get your kids involved with the household chores. That way you’ll have time to write.
- Use a schedule, and stick to it!
- Get enough sleep! A grumpy mum is no good to anybody, let alone your kids.
I hope you find these tips as helpful as I have!