Having a family is the greatest thing you will ever do, but it will also be one of the more stressful things that you will ever undertake. The bigger the family, the more stress that will be dropped onto your already loaded shoulders.
When that stress starts to get overwhelming (which can happen very quickly), the whole joy of having a family can suddenly start to feel like one long, never-ending chore - you all know what I am talking about.
There is no way to completely avoid the stress of running a busy household, but there are ways to help mitigate the amount of it that you will find yourself dealing with. It isn't a perfect solution, but it is definitely a start.
Here are 5 ways that you can help take the stress out of family life, for yourself, and everyone else in the picture.
1. Routines can become your best friend.
Just going with the flow can help in some situations, but when you are constantly free-styling your home life, it can catch up to you quickly. Establishing routines for yourself and your kids will take a lot of the stress out of trying to figure out how you will get things done. Regardless of what the routine is: bedtime, meals, getting ready for school or after school extra-curricular activities. If it helps, you can even design some charts and calendars to make the job easier.
2. You're not your kid's or spouse's servant.
Make the other people living in your home take some responsibility for their own lives. Kids are not so soft that they can't handle taking on some household chores like taking out the trash, making their own beds, putting away their clothes, or doing the dishes. Every little bit counts, and every little bit that you don't have to do will benefit everyone in your home. Don't forget to make the "Honey Do" list either. Your husband or wife can help pick up the slack as well.