Being a mom is one tough job. With everything you need to do to keep your kids and family healthy, happy, organized, and safe, there’s often not a lot of time left to do things for yourself. But putting your own happiness on the back burner isn’t a good idea. You know the old saying, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy?” It’s true. So make time to do some of the things happy moms do every day and you and your family will reap the benefits.
- Know that you don’t have to go it alone. When you need a helping hand or a babysitter, ask friends and family. Another resource is your fellow moms. Start a babysitting co-op and take turns watching each other’s kids so you can take some time for yourself, whether that means going for a walk, meeting an old friend for coffee, or date night with your partner.
- Make sleep and healthy eating a priority. There’s always more you could do. You could stay up to midnight doing laundry or watching T.V., but you’ll pay for it the next day when you’re groggy and cranky. It might not be glamorous, but going to bed soon after you get the kids to sleep can help you get the eight hours you need to feel alert and stay healthy. And while it might be easier to make lunch the leftover mac and cheese the kids didn’t finish and a cup of coffee, eating healthy food that includes protein for energy is a better choice and not as hard as it may seem.
- Go outside! Especially when your kids are little, it’s easy to find yourself stuck in the house all day. That’s why it’s important to take a bit of time each day to get out of the house. Take the kids to the park or for a walk around the block. The sun and fresh air will boost your mood and theirs. If the weather isn’t cooperating, take the stroller and go window shopping at the mall. Sometimes it’s nice just to be around other grown-ups.
- Kids aren’t little adults, so don’t expect them to act like them. A toddler who’s crying because she wants out of the stroller or a preschooler who wants to stop and examine every box of cereal in the grocery store are just kids being kids. Don’t stress out and definitely don’t worry about the people who give you disapproving looks. What they think doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.
- Take time to enjoy your kids. Being busy can cause you to miss out on the fun stuff like time spent cuddling, laughing, and just plain enjoying doing nothing with your kids. You’ll be surprised how quickly they grow up, so make time every day to just hang out and enjoy who they are right now.
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