3. Teach them as they helpEven little ones can be encouraged into things like sock pairing - this involves colour and size-sorting and it's educational too. The same goes for putting groceries away after a shopping trip. One child can put away the frozen food, or tins and packets in cupboards. This is not only great for saving you time, but it shows that what they eat doesn't get conjured up out of 'nowhere', so it teaches them appreciation too.
4. Get your man on-boardArguments and discussions about the right way to do things waste valuable energy and time. It's no good you laying down rules that the other one doesn't stick to. This will only cause problems like, 'Daddy always lets me sit in the front of the car and you won't', or 'Mum always lets me have biscuits before bedtime'.
Agree on boundaries with your partner and stick to them - the time saved by having to talk about it afterwards can be used for a little me time.
5. Agree a dealWhy not trade a weekend away on your own or with your girlfriends in exchange for your partner doing the same? You'll come back refreshed and revitalised and when it's your other half's turn - so will they! If you don't have a partner to share the children with, try kid-swapping weekends with friends. But however you do it, get that time away.
Just make sure you're happy with who you leave them with, as you don't want to spend your time away from them worrying!