Moms are amazing! They wear so many hats and keep the family running like a well oiled machine. It’s a privilege to be a mom, and just like anything that has value it takes a lot of hard work …
Momming comes with it’s own problems that we all face. One of the best ways to survive and thrive in motherhood is to find good friends to share your life with…
Mom friends, your spouse, and family can all be apart of your support group so that you can be the best mom for your family. These life hacks to your common mom problems will help you win during the tough moments!
As soon as you have kids, exhaustion becomes a way of life. While you would love to have an IV of caffeine hooked up to your arm, there are some better alternatives. Set aside a few nightsa week that you go to bed when the kids go to bed. That means you may leave the dishes in the sink, you might not get laundry done, or toys picked up.
● Make rest a priority. Even if you can’t “sleep when the baby sleeps” try to carve out time when you can get rest.
● Don’t forget to eat. It can be so easy to skip meals when you are rushing around to take care of the kids 24/7.
● Get out and exercise, even if it’s a quick walk around the neighborhood or a short walk to the mailbox. Getting some fresh air and your blood flowing will help you feel more awake.
● Try to create a routine when it comes to going to bed. Wash your face, read a book for15 minutes, and turn the lights out.
● Take turns with your spouse staying up with the kids.
Some of us are still holding on to the “baby weight” even though the baby is starting Kindergarten this year, am I right?!
We get it, momming is hard and exhausting. There is little time for yourself, and feeling overweight can drag you down. It makes you feel self-conscious to do the things you love. Your overall self-esteem can drop too. So what can you do?
● Find a friend to get active with whether it’s running, walking, or taking a fitness class.
● Pick out some new clothes that fit you even if you have to bump up a size. Clothes that fit and are flattering will improve your self-confidence.
● Take one step to improve your eating habits. You could choose to drink more water, skip the cookies/dessert, eat more vegetables.
No Time for Self Care
Who has time to spend a couple hours at the salon every 8 weeks?! I love getting my hair done. It can easily make me feel like a new person to get my highlights, cut, and style. When you’re working or momming it’s hard to give up your weekends to a few hours at the salon.
Instead try going to the salon after work so that you are only losing a few hours during the week instead of a whole morning or afternoon on the weekend. Check with your salon to find out late hours they have available.
Mountains of Laundry and Loads of Dishes that DON’T STOP
The cycle of dirty laundry and dishes will drive you crazy. It seems like those jobs are always there, and they are relentless. It’s not just the dirty laundry and dishes, but cleaning the bathrooms, sweeping, mopping, dusting, etc. Keeping the house running is seriously a full time job.
Here are some ways to help you get out of the messy house rut.
● Create a routine for household chores.
● Give the kids chores to do on their own.
● Get your spouse on board to help out with chores.
● Hire a cleaning business 1 to 2 times a month. Most women feel like it is their duty to take care of the cleaning on their own. Cleaning your house properly is a big job. Give yourself a guilt-free pass and hire someone to help you get to those areas you can’t reach.
No Alone Time
When was the last time you went to the bathroom alone?
Yeah, it’s hard to find even a few minutes to get away by yourself. Going to the grocery store can feel like a vacation when you can go without kids.
How many times do your kids seek you when their dad is totally capable of solving their problem…making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, pulling legos apart, getting a drink, etc.
Try these tips for creating some space at home…
● Plan time away and have your spouse take over kid duty
● Take a bath and lock the door while your spouse is watching the kids
● Schedule a mom’s night out
● Join a book club (or another club) so that you have a consistent time to get away
● Pick a hobby of something you enjoy