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How to “Juggle It All” as a Parent

Parenting is no easy task, but it’s an incredibly rewarding one. While there are ups and downs, the best thing about parenting is that you get to watch your child grow up into a wonderful person full of life experience and knowledge. However, juggling everything can be challenging at times; especially when you have other responsibilities like work and social commitments to consider. 

In saying this, 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!

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” – pure exhaustion. 

Many parents get so tied up between work, extra-curricular, and trying to please other people, that we don’t always take care of ourselves. The first step to successfully juggling the parent life is to take time for yourself and be proud of your accomplishments each day. 

The second tip in the success of navigating through the parent life is to get your kids involved in what they like to do.

In our interview, Gaye mentions that she would sign her kids up for everything and get them 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 in their extracurriculars (that is, unless you’re watching them in the front row!). 

Now, in accordance with juggling the clock each day and managing sports, hobbies, etc. we also dove into the topic of what many parents struggle with on a daily basis: sibling conflict.

So, how exactly do you deal with sibling conflict? 

Gaye Christiansen knows about this all too well. She weighs in about her experience after raising five boys with her husband 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, simply ask them the question “do you REALLY want mom to get involved?” Because once the parents get involved, all the fun stops….or so we say!

Regardless, 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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