Time and productivity columnist for the NZ Herald

Robyn Pearce: Six survival tips for working parents with small children

Emergencies are a fact of life with children - so anticipate them. Photo / iStock
Emergencies are a fact of life with children - so anticipate them. Photo / iStock

We've all been there. You've got a briefcase under one arm, the baby under the other, and you're walking out the door.

You're mentally rehearsing your presentation for an 8:30 meeting which you will just make if you really put your foot down after stopping at the crèche when... the baby spits up on your tie or new blouse.

Bruce reports: 'I mentally beat myself up every time this type of thing happens and yet I know there was nothing I could have done to prevent it - it's just a fact of life when you have young children.'

Emergencies are a fact of life with children - so anticipate them.

• Brand new panty hose will ladder.
• Toddlers will spill sour milk on your best suit.
• The drain will mysteriously overflow when you're already running late.

Rather than reacting to these situations when they arrive, adopt a proactive approach.

What possible solutions might save your blood pressure?

For example:

1. Men, keep an ironed shirt and a clean tie in the office and if you use it, replace it.

2. Women, make sure you have a brand new pair of panty hose (or two!) and a couple of tampons in your desk drawer.

3. Keep an old purse with $50 in it in a safe place in case of emergency.

4. Have a list of emergency numbers in your purse - babysitters, plumber, electrician, doctor, dentist, garage, breakdown service.

5. Consider sourcing a personal concierge service so you're ready for unexpected crises.

6. Always carry hairbrush and a wet flannel when you're transporting kids. They can polish each other up as you negotiate traffic.

And when the wheels do fall off and you get taken by surprise, take a few minutes as soon as the crisis is dealt with to set up emergency procedures for the next time.

You might not anticipate everything but at least you'll be better prepared for some things.

- NZ Herald

Robyn Pearce (known as the Time Queen) runs an international time management and productivity business, based in New Zealand. If you'd like a conference speaker, time management training for your firm, or to receive your free report 'How To Master Time In Only 90 Seconds' and ongoing time tips, check out gettingagrip.com

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Time and productivity columnist for the NZ Herald

For 22 years author and speaker Robyn Pearce (known by her clients as the Time Queen) has been sharing her experiences and knowledge about time management and productivity with countless clients and readers around the world as a keynote speaker, educator, coach and writer of 8 books and many hundreds of articles. She often appears as a subject specialist on television and radio. Robyn learnt her subject the hard way. Through the years of raising six kids, single parenthood and then a highly successful real estate career, time management was her biggest challenge. The good news is – she won, and now helps others find more time.

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