This week on the podcast is parenting & finding time for you when you’re being pulled in so many directions. Also this week, I have a guest writer, my co-host on The Weighting Room Podcast, Sarah. Sarah is parent to a strapping 17 year old. Divorced from her son’s father when her son was three, Sarah has done a lot of soul parenting as well as running her company Dragonfly + Blossom. Over to Sarah…
Episode 7 of The Weighting Room Podcast was released this week and Lovoni and I chat about
Parenting, all style of dependents that may arise including parents, friends and pets and the
mental load that comes with it. When priorities start to mount up it is hard to put yourself at the top of the list and when you are determined to improve your health and wellbeing it can become a frustration that time just doesn’t seem to be on your side.
We talk through the different ways Parents cope, and I give some real life examples of
challenges and multitasking I faced when my son was small and indeed continues into late teen
The main takeaways and top tips coming from this week’s episode are:
1) Preparation – Get clothes & food ready ahead of time
2) Grab the nuggets of time – do 15 mins of exercise while you are watching them in the
bath or waiting for the dog out in the garden. Anything helps
3) Take 10 mins for yourself when you can – the mini break from the treadmill of tasks
helps you reset, stay in control and be more patient.
4) Block your time – the 50min/10min rule helps. It focuses your and their mind and gets it
done quicker. A great tip for Homework!
5) Give yourself some credit – You are doing your best. Your own wellbeing with exercise
and food prep, their care with multitasking as a constant. It’s a great load. Anything you
are getting done, no matter how small is a win.
Tune in to Episode 7 to listen to our conversation and stories about the day to day challenges of
parenting and how we struggle and succeed with the mental load.
Thanks so much Sarah. Another thing I’d like to add that I think is helpful is to include some batch cooking. Here’s a section called Make Ahead and Freeze where you’ll be able to find recipes you can make and freeze for later. Pumpkin Citrus Syrup Muffins for a quick and easy grab and go snack.
Sticky Asian-Inspired Meatloaf is a great fave as you can use leftovers on sandwiches or rolls.
Tarragon Butter Pork & Apple Meatballs is another popular recipe. The meatballs can be made ahead & frozen.
Butter Chicken is always popular.