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with Angella Dykstra

I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.

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5 tips to help your family survive while you’re away

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I’m headed to the Mom 2.0 Summit this weekend to represent this here website and I’m ridiculously excited about it. I’ve attended the past five BlogHer conferences, but this will be my first time at Mom 2.0. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, and being learning how to be a better writer/blogger/community manager. I highly doubt that I’ll be indulging in the mini-bar.

My husband is the most ‘hands-on’ Dad I know, and he’s also great at doing jobs around the house beyona the traditional yard work/garbage/handyman things. He scrubs toilets, he does laundry, he washes the floors (weekly), and he is fully capable of cooking dinner. Dinner is more my thing, but if I’m not home he makes it happen.

Here’s what I do to lessen the burden for him and our three kids while I’m away:

1. I plan out meals for the days I’m gone. I’m a meal planner all of the time, and it reduces my stress (and my budget). I sit down with my husband to see which meals he wants to cook, I do a big grocery shop, and I write down the daily meals on a chalkboard that we have in the kitchen.

2. I lay out our daughter’s outfits. Our two sons dress themselves, but our girl milks her “Baby” status and like me to help her get dressed. I make piles of outfits and place them on her dresser and it helps my husband get her ready.

3. I tape a calendar to the fridge. I’m the one who manages our kids’ daily activities, as I’m the one who works from home. Before I go, I tape up a calendar with the activities that are happening when I’m gone. Yes, there are Google calendars — which I use — but my husband likes the visual reminder in his face every morning.

4. I make sure that my phone has a travel plan. There’s no need to pay more than we need to if my husband or kids want/need to call me.

5. I buy treats and hide them. During one of our Skype chats, I’ll tell my family where to find their secret treasure.

What do you do to help your family while you’re away?

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