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We Need Help as Telecommuting Parents

All parents should set boundaries and ask for help. Not enforcing limits and overcommitting seem to be natural parts of parenting these days, but they do not need to be.

You need a community and lots of apps to manage a family!

Here are a few suggestions:

Meal planning: There are some useful apps that help you with planning and creating grocery lists. Cook Smarts, Pepperplate, Ziplist, and Paprika are a few options. Here is a breakdown of their key features from LifeHack. There are also calendars and services that will plan your meals for you.

Meal Delivery: This is an ingenious idea! Here are some options: Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, Home Chef, Plated, and PeachDish, to name a few. This article from Forbes breaks it down for you. Or, if you are a Tom Brady fan, you can get his meal plan. Enjoy!

Spring Cleaning: You can sell items you don’t need via Letgo and other apps. Here is a list of eight apps that can help.

Cleaning: Hire local help as needed, or ensure that your family has a schedule and a list of household responsibilities.

Yardwork: Hire local help using Angie’s List or your network.
Please share any apps or sites that have worked for you.

Please share any tips you may have.

Any Ideas on How to Celebrate Without Junk Food?

I am going to digress from the usual topics on this blog post, and talk about a parenting challenge that I have: Managing junk food intake at a party! I totally understand that it is a party and that we need to have fun, BUT do we need junk food to enjoy?

In the past two months, I have been to five parties—they were all fun, but loaded with sugar and all kinds of food coloring. I feel guilty when I take my kids to these parties and watch them eat and get a sugar rush. I don’t want to say “no” and make them feel like they don’t belong in the group or the fun.

I don’t have any ideas on how to address this issue, because it seems like I am fighting the whole system and our culture of unhealthy eating. It is everywhere at school parties, private parties, sports parties—everywhere.

If you have any suggestions on how to address this challenge, please share at info@telecommuterstalk.com