With recent figures from the Office for National Statistics showing that more mothers than ever before are working either full or part-time, it’s not surprising that busy families are looking for ways to lighten the load.
Outsourcing is a term perhaps more aligned to business, but sometimes we all need a bit of help with parenting tasks when there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
So here are the top 7 jobs we think busy parents could have a go at getting help with.
But don’t feel bad – we all have those weeks and, if you’ve got your outsourcing sorted out, you’ll soon find life seems a lot more manageable.
1. Enlist your children early in household chores
Maintaining a clean and tidy home as a parent can feel like a never-ending battle, as well as being something that takes up precious family time.
If you have older kids it can be a great idea to get them involved in helping out with household chores, such as setting the table, vacuuming, folding and putting away their own laundry and loading and unloading the dishwasher.
Children often enjoy the responsibility, especially if it comes with a chance to earn some extra pocket money.
Plus, getting into a cleaning routine whilst they are still young will teach them useful skills about how to run a home when the time comes for them to fly the nest in a few year time.
So put those kids to work and watch those dishes glean!
2. Leave homework to the experts
Of course, this is key.
If your child’s primary maths homework has left you scratching your head, but you know they could do with some confidence building in key maths topics, then it might be time to call in an expert.
Tutoring is often perceived to be particularly expensive, but with prices for Matr’s online tutoring services starting from just £12 a week for a one-to-one lesson with a specialist maths teacher, it is more accessible than ever before.
Matr’s tutors offer fun and effective maths tuition for ages 7-11 and align all their sessions with the national curriculum, helping children to achieve their full potential.
The sessions take place in the comfort of your own home and Matr also match your child with the right primary maths tutor for their needs, which means you don’t have to spend precious hours scrolling through tutor profiles or stuck in rush hour traffic!
Let’s face it, technology is there to make our lives easier and maths has moved on a lot since the days of long division and multiplication, so why struggle with it yourself?
3. Share reading duties
We all know how important it is to listen to your children read, yet many parents struggle to make the time to fit it in. This is where grandparents can step in!
In the past two generations, the number of children being cared for by their grandparents has increased substantially from 33% to 82% and almost two-thirds of all grandparents regularly look after their grandchildren.
Why not involve them in your child’s learning by asking them to do homework, spellings and reading with them?
4. Get the grandparents involved with days out
In my own experience, grandparents love to pass on their knowledge and take their grandchildren on fun days out to museums, zoos and other places of educational interest – knowing that they can hand your child back over at the end of the day!
Trips out are lovely opportunities for grandparents to bond with their grandchildren while creating special family memories.
So try to put those feelings of guilt aside and let your child go and explore the world with their grandparents.
5. Make family meals simpler with meal delivery services
We know that nothing beats a good homecooked meal.
But, we also know that sourcing fresh, healthy ingredients, cooking up delicious meals and getting the whole family around the table can be challenging at the best of times – especially if, like me, your cooking skills are not quite at Bake Off level!
So, for those days when time is really of that oh-so-important essence, why not try out a meal delivery service?
Their family-friendly recipes have been created with busy parents in mind, taking the hassle out of meal-planning, prep and cooking, so that you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the family.
6. Give your shopping list to the pros
Keeping your weekly shopping list with an online supermarket like Asda or Tesco can save a huge amount of time – there’s no driving involved, the supermarkets will pick and pack your shopping, and they will even deliver it straight to your kitchen at a time that suits you.
What’s not to like?
Even better, shopping online can save you money as well as time, as there will be fewer surprises (and temptations!) at the checkout.
7. Carpool lifts with other parents
If you’re spending hours doubling as your child’s taxi driver, ferrying them to and from school, sports clubs and other activities, it could be worth finding a small number of parents you know and trust to share the load with.
Not only will this save you all valuable time, but it can be a great way to strengthen your friendship. Plus, if you’re ever running late for a pick up you’ll always have someone to call on, which can be a life-saver.
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