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#MumsMagicTricks – Trying to Bring Order to Chaos

Running a family and working from home can be a little trying (spot the understatement) so I thought I’d share a few of my #MumsMagicTricks which bring some order to the chaos and keep me sane-ish and introduce you to a mobile app which has already made a difference to my daily life. I’d love to hear your magic tips in the comments – particularly any which will make the ironing disappear!

Establishing a daily routine, particularly at breakfast time, has been a life saver for me. If the day starts calmly everyone leaves the house ready for action rather than brooding on arguments. Simple things like having a basket at the front door for shoes at the end of the day so we can find them all again tomorrow morning means I’m not running around screaming like a banshee at 8:40am.

Helping them to organise themselves means that there is less for me to do, less for me to moan about and has encouraged them to be independent from an early age. Again, it’s the simplest things which work the best – a cupboard at child level with breakfast bowls, cups and plates means that they can help themselves rather than having to wait for me – obviously this is now only relevant for the 8 year old, the teens have to reach things down for me these days!

As the children have got older my #MumsMagicTricks have shifted gear. Now it’s making sure they are all in the right place at the right time even when I’m not there to sort it! I rely heavily on lists and Post It notes but every now and then a bit of technology comes along which is useful rather than just being something else I have to think about! I’ve been trialling the NatWest Mobile App and it’s proved to be a bit of a god send – yes, really!

Mobile phones are a massive boon when I am trying to keep track of four children all scattered in different directions, having them all in one place at the same time like this is getting rarer.

on the beach

But mobile phones only work if they are on (*rolls eyes*), fully charged (*sighs*) and when they have more than 10p left on them (*screams*). Topping up their phones using the NatWest mobile app couldn’t be simpler and is much easier than nipping to the cashpoint to do it or doing it on the landline with all those endless ‘Options’ to go through. They have no excuse now – there is no escaping me for I have #MumsMagicTricks up my sleeve!

Staying with teens – I do like the security of knowing that I can transfer funds into their accounts wherever I might be when they are having a bit of a crisis. Being able to whizz them a tenner so they can get it out of the machine for a taxi and get home is a real boon. I was in London for much of last week but used my phone to transfer some money to my eldest so he could restock the baked bean cupboard and feed everyone without having to dip into his own savings – hoorah! This is going to be VERY useful when he leaves me in September….

leaving

I try REALLY hard to be an organised person, I really do, and I’m pretty good at sorting the children but I’m terribly scatty when it comes to myself. I like to think it’s my relaxed approach to life but, in reality, I’m a bit disorganised. Being able to take money out using my phone is brilliant – I always have my phone with me but I don’t usually carry my purse so am often without a cashcard when I most need it. I could go home and get it of course but, Hey Presto, I’m saving time, getting money out, doing the shopping and looking like an organised person!

I can pay for school trips which have slipped my mind, check my balance on the go, see if I’ve been paid (a real bonus as a freelancer) and transfer money from one account to another without having to go home or to the bank to do it – it really is quite liberating!

So…what are your #MumsMagicTips to help keep chaos at bay and do you have one to make my ironing pile vanish before my very eyes?

How to download the app
The app is available to NatWest personal current account customers with debit card, Online Banking and a UK mobile number starting 07 on iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Windows smartphones.
Once you’ve downloaded the app you will need your Online Banking customer number, debit card details and postcode to activate and get started. To first sign up for Digital Banking you need to have a NatWest account and be aged 11 or over.
Before you can pay other people using Mobile Banking, you will need to set them up as a payee in Online Banking using your card reader.
To use Get Cash you must have at least £25 available funds to withdraw from your account (including any overdraft facility) and the amount requested must be within the daily withdrawal limit of your debit card – there is a maximum daily withdrawal limit of £250. The Get Cash code itself is valid for 3 hours and you can use this service up to twice a day, but can only have one cash code at any one time.
For more information on how to download the mobile banking app and test these functions please visit: http://personal.natwest.com/personal/ways-to-bank-with-us/mobile-banking.html

This post is in conjunction with BritMums for their #MumsMagicTricks” challenge with NatWest. I have been compensated for my time. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

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11 Comments

  1. I wish I had a genie to give me three wishes sometimes – I’m pretty sure I’d wish for the power to make certain jobs much simpler (and ironing totally unnecessary).
    Any app that helps with all our parenting jobs is always welcome.
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  2. I completely agree with you when it comes to sharing responsibilities. I made my packed lunch from an early age, packed my PE bag etc – not because my parents were too lazy, but because they wanted to teach me that it’s important not to reply on someone else for simple tasks that I can do myself. It certainly helped make our mornings more structured and stress-free.
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  3. Am loving this App already – I am just like you, organised with the kids (usually) but a bit of a disaster when it comes to myself (often)…so if I can find something on my phone that can help with things, then yeah!
    Helen Neale (@KiddyCharts) recently posted…Child safety week: Battling the morning chaosMy Profile

  4. Ooh now being able to send a tenner their way in an emergency is a useful thing – mind you, if mine cottoned on I am sure we would have to have a discussion on what an emergency constitutes- and it wont involve a sale in New Look…. ;)
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  5. I think I need to change banks. Ours is still in the dark ages and this is really making me consider jumping ship to Natwest.

    I mean, why wouldnt you do this?!!

  6. Gosh this does seem a nifty little app.
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  7. We have a cube unit with a square for each of us so we know where our bags etc are ready for the morning rush
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  8. Ironing? What’s ironing?!

    I’m another mum who lives by lists, and I’ve only got one to keep track of so I can’t imagine how you do it with four!

    Your app sounds like a great idea though. Banking in Oz is about 300 years behind banking in the rest of the world, but maybe by the time DorkySon hits his teens they’ll have come up with something as useful here… xx
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  9. I like your mums magic tricks Chris The app sounds goo

  10. I NEED your tips Chris, mornings are very stressful in our house, I really don’t know how I’m going to get 3 kids to two different schools in September!
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    • Oh goodness! Are they far apart?!

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