How are you coping with December working mummy?  It’s a time when there is more to do, more places to be and what seems like less time to do it.

Work can be more busy with deadlines needing to be hit for the Christmas rush or just so you can take a break over the festive period.  Your kids are more busy with their end of term activities and Christmas ‘stuff’. And we are more busy because let’s face it, the majority of present buying and organising for Christmas falls in our laps.

To help keep us sane; my early christmas present to you is the 12 points below in my ‘Working Mums Survival Guide For December’.

1. ASK FOR HELP

Rather than tie ourselves in a knot with everything that needs doing, we simply just need to ask when we need help.  So often we get caught up in thinking we have to do everything when we don’t. Some husbands and kids simply don’t see all the things that you know need to be done – so ask!

2. DELEGATE

Write out a list of tasks that could be done by your husband, partner or kids and delegate.  I’m pretty sure your partner in life could cope with buying a couple of gifts if you told him/her what to get.  I’m also pretty sure the kids (depending on their age) can wrap presents, sweep the floor, do the dishes or whatever it is that will make your life easier.

3. SHOP ONLINE

Avoiding the shops is a good idea but we may have left it a little late for online gift shopping.  Food shopping however is a dream online so if you can’t face the crowds at the supermarket on Christmas Eve, do it online.

4. SELF CARE

Keep looking after yourself.  What does that look like to you? Exercise, meditation, getting enough sleep; do what it takes to have some ‘me time’ to help keep you sane.

5. KEEP PRESENT BUYING TO A MINIMUM

I promise you the kids do not need ALL the stuff that is being marketed to them at this time of year.  I promise you, they won’t remember the plastic toy that you gave them when were 6. What they will remember is the ‘time’ you spent together and the ‘feeling’ of Christmas.

If you have a large family, do a Christingle or arrange beforehand for each family to buy one present for another family so you all get one present each.

This will save you the massive headache of coming up with ideas for everyone as well as save your bank account from running dry.

6. DO THE BARE MINIMUM

Seriously guys, do not get sucked into the Insta worthy family photo shoots with everyone in matching pyjamas and think because you’re not doing it then you’re not ‘doing’ Christmas.  Take away the comparison game and pick a couple of traditions that feels right for your family.

Keep it simple.  We have a Christmas Eve box.  That’s pretty much it for our Christmas tradition.  It contains 5 christmas cards, one for each member of the family.  We write messages in them to each family member to be opened on Christmas Day, a Christmas movie, a new decoration for the tree, some Christmas craft activities and a jigsaw puzzle.  Too easy.

7. BE SELECTIVE

Learn to say no.  You cannot attend every event for either work or fun. You don’t want tired and grumpy kids so sometimes we have to say no.  Also be selective about the people you see if at all possible.

8. DON’T GO ANYWHERE NEAR SHOPS WITH KIDS!!

Honestly, if you want to keep your sanity DO NOT go anywhere near shops with your kids in tow as we get closer to Christmas.  I try to sneak out to go late night shopping when my husband is home with the kids. How much quicker and easier is it when you’re on your own?

9. BUY FOOD

Do not feel like you have to home make every little morsel to be eaten over the festive period.  It is far too time consuming and way too much pressure. If you have to take food to school activities, gatherings or such, then buy it.  Lie about it if you have to! At the very least keep it really simple. It’s summer here in Australia so dips and veggie sticks or a selection of the most delicious summer fruits are always winners.  If it’s winter for you, then grab some store bought mince pies.

10. PLAN 

Get everything out of your head and down into lists.  Plan for gift buying, plan the meal for Christmas day, plan what needs doing for work from now until the new year, plan what outfits everyone is going to wear for Christmas.  I cannot emphasise enough how much planning will help you not to lose your shit.

11. CELEBRATE YOUR 2018 SUCCESSES

Take a moment to savour how much you have achieved over the last year.  When it all gets a bit crazy, we often forget how amazing we are because we’re so caught up in being busy and getting stressed.  Take a look at your work achievements, your personal achievements and how great it is that your kids are fed and watered. Every little bit counts and the family keeps on running largely because of us and our brilliance.  Celebrate it! Now might be the time for a gin!

12. GET EXCITED FOR THE NEW YEAR AND WHAT IT WILL BRING FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR BUSINESS

Finally, at some point over the festive period, take some time to plan ahead to get excited about what is coming up in 2020.  This will really help with your enthusiasm and motivation to get through Christmas and into the exciting things that lie ahead.  Woot Woot!

Don’t let December get you down.  It is a crazy time of year, but with this working mums survival guide you can have a lovely stress-free, fun-filled family time.

I’d love to hear from you about how you celebrate your Christmas and how December goes.

Much love for now…
Nicola

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