Raising Twin Toddlers
Today I thought I would share some of my success with managing VERY energetic twins in hopes that if you are searching for methods then mine might help!
I seriously wish that my girls would slow down and just stand still like some of my friends kids. But unfortunately (or fortunately because I love my babies) I have been blessed with Tasmanian devils! One minute Bella is showing me how she can do a handstand… the next Baylee is putting an outfit together and asking me if I like her style. It seems like every minute of the day they want my attention and never stop. I guess it has something to do with their age but I was having a hard time getting anything accomplished. And also, I work from home so if I left them to their own devices I would find myself cleaning up mess after mess. You can imagine the undue stress this causes and sometimes my frustration would pile so high that I found myself getting mad. But then later I would think, “why am I getting so mad for the girls wanting to build a fort or let their imaginations take them on these great adventures… they are kids.” I was beating myself up over not letting them just be kids but I needed to find a balance so that mom and the kids were both happy.
So here is my step by step approach to managing your day with twins and succeeding after MUCH trial and error!
- Get up a few minutes earlier than your kids wake up. The peace and quiet you get in the morning is priceless. Use this time to drink coffee, read or do your make-up. Believe me, there is a reason why I listed this as number 1! Try doing just this for a week and see how different you feel! You might have to go to bed 30 minutes earlier that you would normally but trust me, its worth it!
- When your kiddos are older (age 2 and above) try to get them involved in helping make their beds and dress themselves. Don’t worry if the bed isn’t perfect or that they put their shoes on the wrong feet 😉 This has saved me SO much time in the morning as they learn to do these things better. Now my girls brush their teeth, make their beds, partially dress themselves, comb their hair and help clean up. Point for mom!
- As your day progresses, I suggest having play “stations” set up. For example, a plan-doh station, block building, coloring or maybe a device (iPad) with a downloaded learning game. I try to rotate my girls through these stations every hour. And yes, it is a little daunting at the beginning but now I just say “switch time” and they think we are playing a game. What they don’t know is that I really do not want them fighting or getting restless so they are rotated throughout the day.
- Ever try cleaning with twins?! Ha! It’s not easy to have to do laundry, make dinner, vacuum and mop the floor. As of right now, I do not have a robot who can do my laundry but I found one who can do my floors! We use iRobot! I can basically double myself by having the vacuum and mop going while I do the laundry or make dinner. This has been a game changer my friend! My stress level has seriously decreased tremendously with these devices! BTW, iRobot does not pay me to advertise their product 😉
- Dinner time: girl, ain’t no mom have time for some fancy all organic meal that takes hours to prepare. I know you want the best for your family but you can still accomplish this and save tons of time. I use Instant Pot! Throw all your ingredients in that bad boy and press what ever setting you need! What I like about this versus a crock-pot is that sometimes I really don’t know what I want for dinner at 8am in the morning (which is when you usually have to put all your ingredients in the crock-pot). The Instant Pot is super quick and cooks your food with steam so meats like chicken will not dry out.
- Family snuggle time! We usually finish our night off with family snuggle time on the couch watching a family movie. This is such a great time to decompress from a crazy day and snuggle those babies before they decide they do not like to snuggle one day anymore 🙁
Please feel free to message me or leave a comment on your day with your kiddos!