The Parent Bucket List

The Parent Bucket List

It’s very common for parents to feel like they have lost their sense of self. When you have kids, they take up every minute of your time and everything that you do is for them. That’s the way that it should be, but it is also important that you don’t lose a sense of who you are, and you still pursue your own goals. A lot of parents also find that they are a bit lost once their kids get older and they move out because their whole identity has been taken up by being a parent. It’s a tough transition, but if you make an effort to do things for yourself, even after you have kids, it will be a lot easier. This is where a parent bucket list comes in.

Starting a parent bucket list is a great idea for parents and even though a lot of the entries on that list will be things that you want to do with the kids, you should also add some entries just for you. If you don’t know where to start, here are a few great ideas. 

The Parent Bucket List: Do Something Creative 

A lot of parents find that their hobbies fall by the wayside when they have kids. Things like writing or painting are hard to do when you have a family to look after, but you should try to find the time. You can add things like finishing a book or completing a series of paintings to your bucket list. You don’t need to set a strict time limit on it, and having it on your bucket list will encourage you to keep working at it. Doing something creative is a great way to destress yourself as a parent, so this is a great one to add to your bucket list. 

Beat A Physical Goal 

Physical goals are always a great addition to your parent bucket list because they encourage you to stay active and you will get a huge sense of achievement when you beat them. For example, if you like running, you could work your way up to a marathon. If you’ve always wanted to climb a mountain, how about a trek up Kilimanjaro? Setting yourself these physical challenges will give you a personal goal to work towards and encourage you to stay active, and it is something that you do for yourself, so it’s a big confidence booster. 

Parent Bucket List: Visit Your Dream Destinations 

When you have kids, most of your holidays are planned around them. You have to think about places that they will enjoy and find kid-friendly activities for them. This is important because travelling as a family is a great way to make memories together but parents do sometimes miss out on going to the places that they want to go because the kids won’t enjoy it. But as they start to get older, you should try to plan trips to places that you want to go as well, so you don’t feel like you are missing out. 

As a parent, your kids always come first and that’s the way that it should be. Having your own parent bucket list can help you to retain your own identity as individuals rather than “just” as Mum or Dad. We make sure we set aside time just for us as a couple but need a bucket list because sometimes (often) this time can be a Netflix binge-watch and nothing else. What would be on your bucket list? 

 

Growing a Business & Outsourcing as a Parent

Growing a Business & Outsourcing as a Parent

The act of growing a business while being a parent takes some serious juggling. Even if your children are angels that sleep and offer you calm nights in you are still going to have more to do than seems possible in a mere 24 hours. Growing a business while struggling with the minutiae of everyday life as a parent might seem impossible but it can be done If I could do it, anyone can! if growing a business is something you’re determined to do you need to consider outsourcing. 

Outsourcing Saves You Having To Learn New Skills

These days, we have to be hot on our marketing, and there are numerous companies out there like Herdl that can help with web design, or even freelance websites like PeoplePerHour, where you can get the right people on board. Outsourcing tasks to someone who is skilled bypasses you having to upskill yourself. This is vital when you are trying to free up time for work life balance and to work on your business. You can, of course,  invest in personal development down the road if you think it will benefit you and your business long term.

Does Outsourcing Work In A Home Environment?

Running a business from home can be a challenge, just ask this gentleman being interviewed on the news, where his children were trying to break into the room and say hello. Outsourcing work when you work from a home environment should be just as easy, if not more so, than in an office setup. The beauty of outsourcing is that you are able to hand off tasks to someone else. Usually these tasks including admin, bookkeeping and a whole host of jobs that can be done virtually. I work from home and remote work. I outsource numerous tasks. As a freelance copywriter I work for many types of clients. Some run their own home-based businesses and outsource their content-related work to me. 

Growing A Business & Outsourcing As A Self-Employed Parent

It is important not to tie yourself in knots trying to be everything to everyone and to do everything “right”. I’ve been a parent and self-employed for thirteen years. I still find the juggle hard work some times but outsourcing really can help, as can being realistic about the time you have available. Prioritise family time and “you” time, outsourcing when you can and you’ll see that growing a business while balancing parenting is absolutely possible, and maybe even enjoyable.