5 smart ways parents save time and money with a boss mindset

(BPT) - When it comes to parenting, there are as many styles as there are stars in the sky. It doesn't matter if you're a known helicopter parent or you prefer detachment parenting methods, there's one thing everyone can agree on: You want to parent with compassion and confidence.

Every mom knows that managing a family can be a full-time job. Throw in your career and a social life and you might find yourself asking: how do some parents make it look so easy? There's no magic formula, but there are a few strategies that these 'Total Boss Moms' implement to manage those hectic days. Take it from an expert:

"Being a total boss mom means juggling a chaotic schedule with ease - like a boss," says Tamera Mowry, actress and host of 'The Real' talk show. "When I'm running a mile a minute, I rely heavily on my smartphone to help me manage my days."

Here are five tips for parenting like a total boss that will help you stay organized, cut wasted time and save money:

Prep early and often

Packing lunches, organizing backpacks, prepping dinner - staying on top of all the day's to-do's can be overwhelming. The best way to reduce stress and stay organized is to do as much as you can early. That means use Sunday night to chop vegetables for the week's lunches and dinners. Pack backpacks and pick out clothes the night before. Finally, parents who get up before their kids have a few moments of silence to shower, read the paper and get a cup of coffee down before the little ones wake.

Stay connected to stay in charge

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Stay organized with a central calendar

When parents and kids all have different obligations, it means schedules can get chaotic. Set up a shared electronic calendar that both you and your partner can access to see what the day holds. If possible, use color coding and other sorting tools to designate items for each family member. Then set alarms and always make sure you can access this calendar on your smartphone throughout the day.

Use group texts to save time

Save time and stay up-to-date by using group texts to communicate quickly with multiple people. "I have a group text with the girls from 'The Real,'" Mowry says. "A busy mom doesn't have a lot of time, so being able to streamline those conversations about work and personal life is a real time-saver. This way everyone is on the same page and we can plan things outside of work easily, too."

Stay healthy with the help of your smartphone

It can be easy to overlook your own needs between everything you manage, but they're just as important. "I use the fitness apps all the time. As a busy mom, I need to make sure I'm staying healthy," says Mowry. "I can keep track of the calories I'm burning on my phone. I can also make sure all the food items I'm buying at the store are healthy for my family."


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