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.
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….
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.