We have several suggestions.
Do the shopping online. Leshop.ch or intermarche drive in neighboring France for meat, ham and things like that. Remember the maximum kg of meat per person is 4kg.
Cook once or twice a week. Every Sunday my oven, cooker and all the cooking devises are working full speed. Try to simplify menus. The kids as of 1yr should be ready to eat the same as adults. If due to lack to teeth they struggle eating meat, just make a pure of the adult menu. It goes without saying you will need a huge freezer 😉 and be good at playing Tetris
Share tasks at home with your partner and even with the kids as they love being involved and part of the working team.
Ask for help to external people. Time is money as we say so don’t waste time in tasks you hate or are slow at. Make your calculations… Refer to my section on child care and ads to find people for more info
If you both work outside the house, keep a clear agenda of menus and tasks at home. Also, refer to the day care section for more info. Finally, if commuting to work, keep in mind the Geneva town subsidies if you buy an ebike (CHF 250)
It helps stay healthy, in good shape, breath fresh air and don’t get desperate when waiting for the bus in rainy days.
Routine is key once there are more than 2 kids or even more than 1. It helps them be on the same timing and sleep, eat at the same time. That makes our and their life much easier. It might be a bit of a nightmare if traveling outside their routine but I for myself am ready to pay that price. Besides, I am not sure if even avoiding the routine babies can ever be good at traveling to different time zones and so on…
Throughout the way it is essential to keep in mind every child is different. Let’s avoid putting too much on the eldest shoulders if he’s still a kid but they often love feeling the eldest… so up to responsible parenthood to find the best balance.
So, let me know, what are your tips and tricks to survive throughout parenthood ant look awake and healthy at all times.