You know the ones; the parents on social media who appear to have showered recently, with well-turned out children, a house that wouldn’t look out of place in a Nordic catalogue, who travel without breaking a sweat. THAT family. Susie Verrill shares a few ways you can make things easier for yourself and rock the smug parenting vibe; (not EVERY day though or people will start unfollowing you on Facebook)

  • Plan tomorrow’s outfit tonight

You don’t need to put loads of thought in to it; just take a trip to your wardrobe before falling in to bed and pick what you think you might fancy wearing in the morning. It might mean you’re not yanking stuff out the laundry basket and Febreezing before the school run.

  • Make lists

Lists lists lists. You’re giving yourself focus for the day AND if you cheat by writing things down which you’ve already done/will definitely do then that’s totally allowed.

  • Clean the high chair as soon as you get your baby out

No dried on food in nooks and crannies. You’ll be chuffed each and every time you go to put your baby back in it.

  • Whenever I feel the house is messy (all the time) I set myself a five minute limit to get things done

A great way to play it is pretend you’re on a gameshow (bear with me) and the clock’s ticking down; do as much as you can super, super fast and then forget about it. You can get a LOT of Duplo picked up in three minutes.

  • Snack healthily

Turn some smug shopping in to some smug healthy lifestyle choices and grab yourself nuts, dried fruit, smoothies etc to nibble on rather than double chocolate chip cookies. Although YES, they’re tasty.

  • Put your coffee in a flask

No lukewarm disasters for you.

  • Order your shopping online

So you don’t have to cart your children around a supermarket while they cry outwardly and you cry inwardly.

 

@mushmums @susiejverrill