Having two small kids (2 and 5) makes life a bit crazy! There are a lot of things that make life with 2 kids easier. If you aren’t doing everything you can to simplify things can get crazy, stressful, and just not be fun otherwise.
Things That Make Life With 2 Kids Easier
Google Calendar: Truly do not know how we would function without Google Calendar. I used to be a BIG paper planner gal. But once we had kids it just made more sense to do everything digitally. It’s much easier for us to make sure the other is seeing things like practices, games, Dr appts, school events, etc. 2 Kids means LOTS of plans and activities.
Tablets: These are not things we use all the time, but with 2 kids you need tablets for travel, long car rides, Dr office waiting rooms, etc. It just became one of those things where if we know there’s a chance for cranky kids I am not above busting out the tablets.
1:1 Time: I notice my kids can get very jealous of one another in this stage. Recently Liam was sitting on my lap and Charlotte ran over and said “No! My mama!” So we both make a conscious effort to spend 1:1 time with them. This doesn’t have to be a huge thing. It can be as simple as 15 minutes focused on playing a game they like to play, going for a walk, taking them to a movie, etc. Just making sure we get that 1:1 time really helps.
Schedules: We are big-schedule people. We don’t deviate a ton and it’s just how our kids function the best. Keeping a schedule daily has helped a lot also having children who like to know what’s next.
Routine: This goes right along with schedules. Routines are KEY here! We have the same routines for everything and even when we travel we keep our routines as close to the same as we can. I feel like this has really helped us out a lot because our kids adjust to things much easier.
Preparing ahead of time: Backpacks, making lunches, laying out clothes, having a plan for breakfast, dinner, etc. Having things prepped ahead of time has made mornings, and after school MUCH easier. I do not do well when we have to scramble so this saves all of our sanity.
If you have kids what things do you do to make life easier?