Skip to main content

Advice from a shy-shy super mom…time issues

Over the years, I have been granted the honorable title of Super Mom because of the ability to multitask and manage a career as a freelance writer and also full-time mother. I’ve never taken the award before, so, I shy-shy accept it now and share some stuff with you to help you manage the stress level better.

1. If you have to get ready clothes for the kids the next morning, make sure they’re ready and prepared a couple of days in advance. When the maid comes over, I get her to get everything prepared a few days in advance so that at night, all I do is drag the clothes out and put it over the chair for the next morning.

2. Make lunch or tea or snacks the night before and then leave it in the fridge. Come time to go to school, pull it out and heat it up.

3. Have a specific place for all important school stuff. Everytime done using it, make sure leave it at that place and no place else! otherwise everyone ends up tearing through the house looking for missing book or whatever.

4. Always have a checklist. I am BIG on checklists, believe it or not. I have multiple checklists on my PDA and then several others pasted all over the house to remind me of things.

5. Do things well before time….rushing causes uninmaginable stress unhealthy to BOTH you and the kids. If I am in the back-kitchen, I would start cutting up vegetables for the dinner even if it’s in the middle of the afternoon. Make use of every single spare second you have during the day to make sure you’re not rushed.

6. Get up 20 or 30 minutes earlier than you have to. Just to run through the day’s events. I do this with my PDA the night before and in the morning.

7. Give the kids their own set of to-do lists. Go through everything with them so that they know that this is their responsibility and if something goes wrong, it is their responsibility to right the wrong. Not you. If cannot be corrected, then they have to bear the consequences. Hey, that’s life, man! Your mother is not always there to cover your ass, rite or not?

8. Give the kids warning before an event. Like if it’s dinner time and the kids just got back from school, I would holler, “OK, I am going to give you 5 minutes to get ready for dinner. You know what to do!”

9. Use a timer. I use a timer for everything (sad, isn’t it?). In this case, it’s my handphone. So, if I tell the kids that they have to do their homework in 15 minutes, I set the timer and I inform them that this is their free time and they can do whatever they want to do now before the handphone goes off. No, seriously. And it works because they stop dilly-dallying and start picking the choice of activity immediately. If they want to spend that time lying on the bed doing nothing, then I let them.

10. Have time for yourself. I barely survived this rigorously tiring schedule with the kids and work over the years and I had no support. But after a recent incident and the stress problem and blood pressure, I have incorporated something new. Which is time for myself. I should be as strict on the ME TIME as with all the other schedule stuff. In fact, officially, I clock out at around 9.30pm. Which is good cause by then, my Wah-Lai-Toi show start liao and I sit around on my little beanbag watching a show and shutting out work issues. Whatever the problem is, this Super Mom is off work.

1 comment

Popular posts from this blog

Maid Side-Kick

I was kind of a little sad when I read the news about this - there will be no live-in Indonesian maids in Malaysia anymore.

There are pros and cons to having a live-in maid, as with everything else, but for us, we enjoyed more pros than cons. Back then, when my kids were little, we brought in a family of maids to help with...well, just about everything, and we were like two families merged into one. They ate what we ate, we sleep, they sleep, we shop, they shop, they joke, we laugh, we joke, they laugh...for me, the maid I hired was more like a sister and side-kick to me.

For that few years, I was dependent on her to mind-read my schedule and when I need or don't need help. She picked things up quickly and we ended up having lots of moments whereby we were in sync. Today, two of them are on my Facebook and we were gleefully chatting over Facebook Messenger since they've just discovered the wonders of the Internet and Social Media.

Since we were more like partners in crime, I f…

Grilled Salmon With Unagi Sauce

I always disagree with people who say that they are lazy to cook, it's too hard, no time, too difficult, easier to eat out....etc. I can't agree because I have found multiple ways to cook simple, cheap meals without causing too much of a ruckus to my schedule. All it takes is a little bit of planning ahead and research. And a sense of humor when it turns put it

Anyway, here's one simple one that ANYONE (kids included) can cook up. Seriously simple and easy.

I love salmon but my kids don't like the smell and texture. But that doesn't mean that I can't go out to the market and spend RM11 on ONE single piece of salmon fish and make MYSELF one, right? Kids can have the overnight pizza. :-)
This is fresh from the oh man! I LOVE IT!!
Wash it properly, de-bone the thing if you want to but I just left everything the way it is and just covered the fish with some of the following:-

Yup, salt, pepper and McCormick's season-all powder…

It's The Hormones Slinging All Over Ryan Gosling

Every time I do this, you know I'm PMS-ing. I am usually quite sane and well-behaved. I promise you this. But..... After watching The Notebook, I am fully convinced that Ryan Gosling is not a man. He's sex. Pure sex. And love, of course. I knew that.I love Ryan Gosling whether he looks like he just woke up on an island....ESPECIALLY when he's half-naked!!!!I love him even if he's kissing someone other than me (who he SHOULD be kissing)I love him even when he's got literally no hair.I love him eventhough without the beard thing, he looks like a schoolboy still growing out his pubic hair.I love Ryan Gosling to the core and then you tell me one other thing to make me fall in love with him even more! I feel signs of a mild heart attack already!He plays the piano. He sings. And he sings to KIDS for Halloween!I come we good women who are only sometimes a teeny weeny bit (and I mean really tiny bit) bitchy never get one of these? What?! We DO …